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Oregon Poised To Send Recycling To Landfills

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2017 6 p.m.

Oregon regulators have received more than a dozen requests from companies that want to throw recyclable materials into landfills.

Environment | Sustainability

Chinese Ban On Waste Imports Puts Northwest Recycling In Limbo

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 2, 2017 4:45 p.m.

By the end of the year, much of the mixed plastic and paper that goes into recycling bins will be banned from China, which could mean they will end up in a landfill.

local | Communities | NW Life

Unraveling The Mystery Of Portland's 'Free Stuff' Piles

OPB | Oct. 1, 2017 7:15 a.m. | Portland

Why do people in Portland leave their useless junk on the side of the road?

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Oregonians Cash In On Bottle Deposit Hike

AP | April 2, 2017 8:06 a.m. | Portland

Oregon was the first state in the nation to give 5-cent refunds for recycling used soda cans and glass bottles more than 45 years ago through its so-called Bottle Bill.

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Arlington Landfill Working To Keep Portland's Trash

East Oregonian | Feb. 3, 2017 12:39 p.m.

For nearly 30 years, trash day in Portland has meant payday in rural Gilliam County. But Portland is now considering different alternatives for disposing of its solid waste.

Environment | Sustainability | Communities

Oregonians Sending More Trash To The Landfill

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 7, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Oregon saw an increase in the amount of trash produced, while recycling and composting rates declined. 

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Oregon Bottle Deposit To Double Next Spring

Pamplin Media Group | July 22, 2016 1:59 p.m.

Oregon will double the redemption value of the Oregon Bottle Bill. Cans and bottles returned to the state will increase to 10 cents per container.

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Oregon Bottle Deposit Likely To Double In 2017

The Klamath Falls Herald and News | June 19, 2016 8:36 a.m.

A hike in bottle deposits is likely in 2017 as Oregon commissioners consider a House bill passed in 2011 that called for deposits to double if the redemption rate had dipped below 80 percent for two consecutive years.

Environment | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Lead Poisoning | QDoc At 10

OPB | May 20, 2016 noon

Our news roundtable guests dig into local and regional election results. We learn more about the business of electronics recycling in the Pacific Northwest. And QDoc co-founder David Weissman talks about this unique 10-year-old festival going on this weekend. 

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How We Did It: Reporting 'The Circuit'

OPB | May 9, 2016 12:15 a.m.

Here's what happened when two EarthFix producers decided to follow the trail of electronic waste in its afterlife. The quest took them to rural outposts outside of Hong Kong.

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Oregon Bottle Deposit Hike Likely As Redemption Falls

AP | Aug. 1, 2015 12:11 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

New state data show that Oregonians are returning fewer beverage bottles to redeem their 5-cent deposit.

Business | Environment | Water

Oregon Water Treatment Company Wants To Turn Sewer Water Into Beer

OPB | Jan. 22, 2015 1:24 p.m. | Portland

Hillsboro-based Clean Water Services has asked the state of Oregon for permission to turn its purified wastewater into beer.

Environment | Food | Sustainability | Communities

Curbside Composting: No One Said It Would Be Easy

OPB | Nov. 14, 2014 5:15 p.m.

Since Seattle and Portland began offering curbside composting, the cities have faced challenges from foul odors, lack of participation and plastic contamination.


Portland Tribune: Auditor Says Metro Recycling Hotline Is Overstaffed, Outdated

Pamplin Media Group | Sept. 17, 2014 3:25 p.m. | Portland

After 30 years, it’s time for Metro to reassess its use of a telephone-based recycling hotline, which is getting less use each year, according to Metro Auditor Suzanne Flynn.

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More Waste Paint Recycling Centers Planned For Oregon

OPB | Aug. 5, 2013 11:48 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

Environmental officials want Oregonians to take their leftover household paint to recycling centers.

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Does Barbie Go in the Recycling Bin?

OPB | June 19, 2013 12:06 p.m.

What goes into the recycling bin can sometimes be confusing. A diaper shouldn't but what about a dog-food bag?

Think Out Loud

Environmental News Round-Up

OPB | May 6, 2013 12:06 p.m.

We're bringing together our Ecotrope blogger and Earthfix editor to catch us up on some of the latest environmental news.

Environment | local

Still Holding Your Nose? Portland Survives One Year Of Curbside Composting

OPB | Sept. 13, 2012 6 p.m. | Portland

We're nearing the one-year anniversary of Portland's city-wide experiment in curbside composting.

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Curbside Composting

OPB | Jan. 4, 2012 9:25 a.m.

Two months into Portland's controversial new program cutting back on garbage pick ups and encouraging food composting at the curb, we'll see how it's going.

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EcoChallenge 2011

OPB | Oct. 4, 2011 9:20 a.m.

Participants from around the world take part in the annual EcoChallenge to reduce their environmental impact for two weeks.