The Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference is seeking proposals for its 2019 conference to be held at the University of Washington February 25-27.
Jade McDowell of the East Oregonian reports that the BottleDrop Give program has really benefited charities in Eastern Oregon.
Pierce Fittings in Eugene, Oregon is looking for someone who can recycle or reuse a steady stream of clean, vulcanized rubber.
There are several grant opportunities available:
Metro's Investment and Innovation grants are available for projects that involve waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting or energy recovery in the Portland Metro region. Nonprofits and for-profit businesses can apply.
The Oregon House Committee on Energy and Environment held an informational hearing on the recycling markets issue earlier this week.
The speakers included Abbey Boudouris and Brian Fuller from DEQ, Kristin Mitchell from ORRA, and Michael Wisth from the city of Eugene.
They did a great job providing an overview of the situation and discussing how local areas are responding.
Oregon DEQ's Peter Spendelow and ORRA's Kristan Mitchell sit down on OPB's "Think Out Loud" to discuss three things you should never put in your curbside bin.
Story and Photo from Allison Frost/OPB.
Although China announced they are suspending the inspection process for US material headed to China, from May 4 through June 4, 2018, it did not have a large impact on the commodities we ship. Mainly, because we export very little material into China anymore. The continued trade restrictions and bans on the commodities we produce have all but shut the door for us to send recovered materials to them.
WasteDive provides a great look at how China's recycling import policies are impacting all of us around the U.S.
Communities across Oregon - and around the country - are struggling with contaminated recyclables, which has contributed to a sharp drop in interest in U.S. recycled materials from China, the major market for them.
Contamination happens when we put things into recycling bins that can't be recycled and/or are dirty (i.e., trash, items with food residue).