We do right by the planet when we don't chuck all of our refuse in the trash can. 

But there's certainly a level of complexity to recycling.  Can pizza boxes be recycled with all that cheese stuck to them? 

That's one question well within the domain of the Master Recyclers

Just as Master Gardeners know the tips and tricks of working the soil, Master Recyclers know the practices of keeping our refuse out of the landfill. 

Expanding E-Cycling In Oregon

Jan 6, 2015

We don't seem to feel the same sense of loss parting with old computers that we do when parting with old cars. 

Maybe that's due in part to the fact that we're often stuck with spare parts when the computers give out. 

And that leads to some decisions about what to do with those. 

Oregon's e-cycle program for recycling electronics expanded at the start of the year. 

Where CFLs Go When They Die

Jul 22, 2014

We can certainly save a bunch of energy and money using modern light bulbs. 

They are uniformly more efficient than the old incandescent bulbs. 

And--in theory, anyway--they last long enough to cover the addition upfront expense of buying them. 

But the compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) contain some toxic substances that require more attention to disposal. 

E-waste Reuse And Recycling On The Rise

Apr 14, 2014
Curtis Palmer/Wikimedia

The explosion of electronic devices means a constant churn in many households: replace the older TV/computer monitor/cell phone with a new one. 

Then what to do with the old one? 

That question frequently confounds, but there are places capable of reusing and/or recycling electronic devices. 


From memories to mulch… our Christmas trees can live on, in a sense, once we're done with them. 

In many communities, the beginning of the year is punctuated by visits from the Boy Scouts and other groups collecting Christmas trees for a variety of uses, back outdoors where they came from. 

A Push To Recycle (More) Plastic

Sep 23, 2013
European Parliament

A few minutes on the lips, and then… where?

Where does that plastic bottle go when you're done with it?  Often to a landfill, even in a recycling-heavy state like Oregon.