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May 14, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

With Fewer Trash Pickups In Portland, Dirty Diapers Pile Up In Recycling Bins

It's not unusual for Far West Fibers to find trash in the recycling material collected from Portland's curbside bins. But the piles of dirty diapers – about 120 pounds per day – are new.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability, Composting, Recycling


May 12, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Curbside Food Scraps Return To Portland As Compost For Community Gardens

Portlanders who have endured the stench of rotting food and the pinch of every other week trash pickups may take heart from this bit of news: The food scraps collected from curbside bins are coming back to the city as compost for community gardens.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability, Composting


April 08, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

A Proposal To Make All Fast Food Packaging Recyclable

A bill in the California Legislature would require fast food chains to use all compostable or recyclable packaging – and to make sure a good portion of that packaging is actually diverted from landfills and storm drains. Would you vote for it?

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Filed under: Sustainability, Environment, Recycling, Composting, Garbage


Feb. 13, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Are "Compostable" Products Really Compostable?

When you toss a supposedly compostable cup, fork, or plate into a compost bin, can you count on it turning into compost? Continue reading →

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Jan. 23, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Washington County Cuts Food Waste At Compost Facility

The Washington County Commission voted Tuesday night to eliminate most of the food waste from the Nature's Needs commercial composting facility in North Plains. Continue reading →

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Jan. 18, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Food Waste Can Be Turned Into Energy, Too

Last week, a new report released the news that 30 to 50 percent of the world's food is wasted. Food waste makes up 18 percent of the waste currently going into landfills in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Continue reading →

Filed under: Sustainability, Composting, Foodie Friday


Jan. 15, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

North Plains Food Scrap Composting At A Crossroads

The Washington County Commission will meet next week to decide what to do about ongoing odor problems at the Nature’s Needs composting facility in North Plains. Continue reading →

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Dec. 18, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Washington County May Oust Food Scrap Composting

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Dec. 04, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Portland Garbage Drops 38 Percent With Curbside Composting

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has compiled curbside collection data for the past year and found households are producing 38 percent less garbage than they were before the city's curbside composting program started. Continue reading →

Filed under: Land, Composting, Garbage, Recycling


Sept. 14, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

The Pros And Cons Of Curbside Composting In Portland

Well, Portland. We’ve nearly made it a year with our kitchen compost buckets and curbside bins. What do you think? Continue reading →

Filed under: Sustainability, Composting, Foodie Friday



About Ecotrope

In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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