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Maybe you never knew where the stuff from your recycled bin ended up... until the recent news from China. 

China has taken a lot of stuff off the hands of other countries, including nearly half the plastic waste created by the rest of the world. 

Now the Beijing government says too much of the waste was dirty and/or hazardous, and it is closing the scrap window for many items. 

That creates issues for recyclers, like Rogue Disposal & Recycling, and regulators, like the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

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March figures to be a very slow month at the bottle returns in Oregon.  Because the first day of April, the money paid for each bottle doubles, from a nickel to a dime. 

It's a change in Oregon law that requires more money to be paid per container if the level of container recycling falls below 80 percent for two years running. 

It did, so now the nickel returns become dime returns. 

Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative runs centers all over the state; you hear how the system works. 

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Younger people--say 25 and under--probably can't remember a time without recycle bins next to the trash cans. 

The rest of us have had to get used to figuring out what goes in which bin.  The Earth is worth it, right? 

Over the years changes have come to recycling and our approach to it.  Rogue Disposal and Recycling in Medford rolls with the changes, as do Jackson County Master Recyclers

And the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality gets a piece of this puzzle as well. 

Food Waste Recycling Trial Planned In Eugene

Jul 12, 2016
City of Eugene

Maybe you've had one of those conversations while helping a friend prepare a meal: "do you compost?" 

Not everybody saves food scraps for composting.  And Eugene will soon start a trial run for the people who don't: curbside food waste pickup. 

1500 households will be included in the now business-only "Love Food Not Waste" program. 

VENTSday: Homeless Laws + Recycling Ease

Jul 12, 2016
Lulu Vision

Our VENTSday segment is meant to put anybody and everybody on the air with cogent comments about topics in the news.  But not everybody has easy access. 

So this week, in talking about appropriate laws, regulations, and supports for homeless, we hit the streets. 

Conversations with a handful of homeless people in Ashland are meant to spur further discussion from you, live at 800-838-3760 or JX@jeffnet.org

Our alternate topic this week--and our survey--follows our conversation about curbside food waste recycling: what do you need to recycle more? 

VENTSday is a once-a-week chance to vent on news topics. 

Learning Recycling From A Master

Feb 26, 2016
Wikimedia

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. 

Where CFLs Go When They Die

Jul 22, 2014
Wikimedia

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
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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. 

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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.