Monday, May 8, 2017

What Can I Do With Plastic Bags?

Rethink Waste Project is a project of The Environmental Center through a partnership with Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste and our local garbage and recycling service providers. 

They offer great ideas and tips for reducing, reusing and recycling. Here is a great post all about plastic bags.

Plastic bags. They keep our food fresh and safe, conveniently hold stuff together, and litter the heck out of our land and sea. So above all, the best plastic bag is the one not needed. That being said, despite our best efforts, plastic still comes into our life. It then becomes imperative that we deal with it responsibly.

No, plastic bags cannot be mixed at our curbside mixed recycling bins (and neither should these things), mostly because plastic film gets caught in the machinery at a Material Recovery Facility and mucks up the whole system. Plastic film, however, CAN be recycled at many grocery stores across Central Oregon. Look for bins usually located indoor or outdoor near entrances.

Grocery shopping bags are considered plastic film, and so are a lot of other common products that you’re probably currently tossing in the trash or tossing in hour home recycling bin, unaware of the headaches you’re creating down the line. Here’s a quick list of what you can bring:
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Plastic shipping envelopes
  • Bread bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Case wrap (think case of water bottles)
  • Air pillows
  • Food storage bags (zip-locs)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Product over wrap (like toilet paper for example)
  • Newspaper bags 
When we posted our video on social media, one of the questions was WHICH grocery stores accept plastic bags. Well I didn’t have a recent list so I called around to the major grocery stores around Central Oregon to get an accurate list of which stores provided a bin where customers could recycle their plastic shopping bags. Here is a current list of those stores:

Safeway: All 3 locations – Westside, Midtown & Eastside
Albertson’s: Both North & South locations
Fred Meyer
Food For Less
Best Buy

Fred Meyer – at the apparel entrance only

Ray’s Food Place

Ray’s Food Place (currently no bin out front but they will accept them at their service counter)
Shop Smart


Ray’s Food Place

For more information please visit Rethink Waste Project.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Free SecureShred Events in Sunriver and Sisters

SecureShred, a division of Bend Garbage & Recycling, will offer free residential shred events in June in Sunriver and Sisters.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sunriver Police Department
57455 Abbot Drive, Sunriver

Saturday, June 24, 2017
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
703 N Larch, Suite C, Sisters

These free shred events are intended for residential shredding only, no commercial or business shredding provided. There is no cost to the public for up to 4 medium size boxes of personal documents. No sorting necessary, staples and paperclips are fine. Please remember no plastic bags are accepted.

For more information on SecureShred services, visit our website or call 541-382-2263.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Normal Collection Schedule on Memorial Day

Bend Garbage & Recycling will be operating on a normal collection schedule on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017.

Customers who have garbage and recycling collection service on Monday's should have their carts out by 6:00 a.m. or the night before.

The Bend Garbage & Recycling office will be closed on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 and will re-open Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

Bend Garbage & Recycling collects on all holidays except for Christmas Day and New Years Day.

For more information, please call our office at 541-382-2263 or visit our website.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Deschutes Recycling Will Be Closed on Memorial Day

Deschutes Recycling and Knott Landfill will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017 for Memorial Day. The facility will reopen on Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00 am.

For more information about the products and services Deschutes Recycling has to offer, please visit their website.

Friday, April 21, 2017

There's Still Time for the Spring Compost Sale at Deschutes Recycling!

Deschutes Recycling is offering $3.00 off per cubic yard of bulk BioFine and SoilBuilder compost.
The sale will run April 1 - 30, 2017.

BioFine - $23/yard (normally $26/yard)

SoilBuilder - $17/yard (normally $20/yard)

NEW Product! Premium Ground Cover. Introductory Price - $16/yard (40% off).

Pick up your compost today and give your garden a boost! Main uses for compost include: soil amendment, mulch, lawn top dressing and potting soil.

Deschutes Recycling is located at Knott Landfill, 61050 SE 27th Street in Bend. Self-haul or convenient delivery available.

Sale is not valid on any other products.

For more information call 541-388-1910 or visit their website

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Free Spring Repair Cafe at The Gear Fix

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
550 SW Industrial Way, Bend

Rethink Waste Project is organizing a Spring Repair Cafe! The event will take place at The Gear Fix. Volunteers will be on hand to fix (for free!) small appliances/electronics, outdoor gear, clothes, boots/shoes, bikes, jewelry, small furniture/household goods, and knitting repairs. This event will also feature a mobile phone screen repair. 

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Denise at the Environmental Center, 541-385-6908 (ext. 14) or 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Earth Day Celebration

2017 Earth Day Fair & Parade

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Parade will start at 11:30 a.m. in downtown Bend. The parade ends at the Earth Day Fair.

The Fair will feature live music, art, local businesses, a variety of food, interactive displays and great hands-on activities for all ages. The fair takes place on Kansas Avenue in front of The Environmental Center (downtown Bend).

Be sure to stop by the Bend Garbage & Recycling and Deschutes Recycling booth! The activities will be going on until 3:00 p.m.

Please visit The Environmental Center's website for more information.