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June 17, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Sorting Through Piles Of So-Called Recycling

Portlanders put a lot of things in their recycling bins that really don't belong there. Far West Fibers President Keith Ristau walks through his Portland recycling facility and explains which items are the trouble-makers.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability, Recycling


May 16, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Portland Brewery Tests Out Water-Recycling Fuel Cell

A new pilot project will attempt to clean the wastewater from Widmer Brothers Brewing so it can be recycled into more beer using a fuel cell that simultaneously generates electricity.

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Filed under: Environment, Water, wastewater, Recycling


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 02, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Recyclers Limit Plastic Collection As China Stops Buying

Oregon recyclers have stopped accepting certain kinds of plastic because China has stopped buying them.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability, Recycling


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


April 04, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

What Happens To Recycled Batteries?

As Portland-based Bettery tries to woo more people into using rechargeable batteries, what is happening to the alkaline batteries dropped off for recycling? In the Northwest, there’s a fair chance they’re getting melted down and turned into rebar.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability, Recycling


April 04, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Rechargeable Battery Dispensers Debut At Whole Foods

A handful of Whole Foods grocery stores in the Portland and Seattle areas are adding a new kind of vending machine to their stores this week. The machines are stocked with rechargeable batteries that customers can buy in packs of four and return when they're spent.

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Filed under: Environment, Sustainability, Recycling, Bettery


April 03, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Portland Oil Recycling Company Mired In PCB-Laden Oil

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Portland-based Oil Re-Refining Company to dispose of 150,000 gallons of PCB-contaminated oil or face a $450,000 penalty.

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Filed under: Environment, Land, PCBs, Recycling


Jan. 22, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

"Landfill Harmonic" Turns Trash Into Music

Landfill Harmonic film teaser from Landfill Harmonic on Vimeo. Continue reading →

Filed under: Sustainability, Recycling


Dec. 21, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Tips On Recycling Holiday Wrapping Paper

I've always hated seeing beautiful wrapping paper tossed out moments after holiday gifts are unwrapped. Continue reading →

Filed under: Sustainability, Recycling



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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