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Oregon’s recycling programs would see some changes under a bill scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the state Senate.



An Oregon Senate panel is considering a measure Thursday that would ban the sale of plastic containers that appear to be recyclable but really aren’t.


Ocean Conservancy

A new report from the Ocean Conservancy said nearly 100 percent of volunteers found PPE at coastal cleanup sites, including in Oregon, with face masks the most common item. 


Sarah Grimm

In 2015, Oregon passed a law requiring tenants of multi-family properties be given the opportunity and resources to recycle. Lane County Waste Management is conducting a pilot program to better understand what will help.


NextStep Recycling


As the New Year begins, it’s time to start thinking about ways to dispose of holiday waste. Lane County’s WasteWise has suggested ways to recycle electronics, trees and holiday packaging.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Oregonians would have an easier time figuring out what’s recyclable under a proposal headed to state lawmakers.

Living Less Unsustainably: Curbside Recycling

Oct 19, 2020

I helped a few folks on our block while they were on vacation this summer. A little watering, mail pick-up, and trash put out.

Karen Richards

Drivers may have noticed white trash bags with Halloween faces on Highway 126 west of Veneta lately. They’re one man’s effort to raise awareness of illegal dumping.

Living Less Unsustainably: More Deposits

Jun 15, 2020
John Fischer / KLCC

Last month I had discouraging news about why recycling is not always the best choice- especially with our current recycling system.

But there is a better way than curbside. It works well, and we are already doing it.  Ten cent deposits on beverage containers have resulted in a 90% recycle rate. That's up from 64% with a nickel deposit. Imagine where we could get with a 25 cent deposit.

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Lane County wants to expand recycling to include apartments and condos.

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Lane County officials have tallied up the amount of material taken in at its last Plastics Roundup in April.

Karen Richards

After China stopped taking used American plastics last year, Lane County asked Denton Plastics, a Portland-based company that worked only with clean, industrial material, if they'd take a chance on post-consumer containers. It worked. Lane County will host its second plastics round-up Sunday.

Pot-Pots Unlimited.

Oregon has two problems: one, restrictions by China have caused a glut in recyclable materials.  Two, federal restrictions on marijuana sales have caused a massive surplus of weed within the state.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, one startup company says it has a solution.

Karen Richards / KLCC

Lane County Waste Management is holding their second plastics roundup at the Glenwood Transfer station in April. But this time there is a way to get your plastics in even earlier.

Karen Richards

At Lane County's 'Plastics Round-up' Sunday, hundreds of people dropped off jugs, tubs and bottles, grateful for a way to keep packaging out of the landfill. Some locals, however, hope for a better long-term solution.

Karen Richards

Lane County loves to recycle. At Sunday's 'Plastics Round-up' at the Glenwood Transfer Station in Springfield, nearly 300 people participated in the first hour.


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Recycling has become increasingly difficult since the international market changed what plastics it's willing to take. To help encourage local recycling Lane County Waste Management is putting on a free plastics roundup  at the Glenwood Transfer Station on September 30.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Supporting local growers, and demonstrating sustainability permeate much of the Oregon Country Fair. There’s a heavy emphasis on not producing or leaving much waste on the grounds. KLCC’s Brian Bull talked to a fair official about how well they’ve managed to reduce environmental impacts.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Lane County has released a new online tool called the Garbage Guru. The search engine is designed to help residents understand if items are truly recyclable, therefore reducing the “wishful recycling” that has led to China restricting what materials it takes from the Pacific Northwest.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene has made changes to what it accepts in your recycling bin. The changes, effective Monday (April 9, 2018) are in response to fluctuations in the international market for plastics.

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Douglas County says it has a recycling crisis. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, that’s the status of every municipality contending with so-called “wishful recycling.”

Lane County Encourages Residents to Reduce Their Waste

Jan 17, 2018
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Refuse plastic straws. Drink from reusable water bottles. Use bamboo utensils instead of plastic ones. These are tips from Lane County to reduce your waste. KLCC’s Deonna Anderson reports.

Lane County is encouraging residents to take a pledge to stop using disposables. Public Information Officer Devon Ashbridge says they’re always looking for ways to encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle. Now, the county is challenging residents to take their waste-reduction habits even further.

Recorded On: January 5, 2018

Air Date: January 8, 2017

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For the first time since 2011, Lane County is tops for waste recovery in Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

Next Step Recycling

After all your holiday gifts have been opened and the tree is starting to droop, its time to consider what to do with the debris of the season.

Angela Kellner

Saying she plans to do "more being and less doing" in her retirement, Julie Daniel has passed the crown of reduce, reuse, recycle to her successor after nearly 10 years as the Executive Director of BRING. After a national search the Board of Directors picked staff member Carolyn Stein to replace Daniel. Stein has been with BRING since 2008, serving first as Education Coordinator, then moving to her most recent position as Manager of the RE:think Business program, which she developed and launched in 2010.

Since 2009 the Oregon Electronic Recycling Program, or E-Cycles, has collected more than 120 million pounds of potential electronic waste for recycling. The program is poised to expand collection locations and the types of devices it recycles.

The annual Whitaker Dinner is trying to reduce its material waste, and has taken a big step towards doing so through reusable silverware. 

The Lane County Master Recycler program came up with the idea of acquiring metal utensils about 3 years  ago and finally reached their goal last month. 3,000 forks, 1,500 knives and 1,200 spoons have been collected to be used by the more than 2,000 people who attend the banquet. Coordinator Kelly Bell is glad to have their own set after relying on others for so long.

Beyond The Curb: How Recycling Works Best

Oct 22, 2013
Karen Richards

Recycling works because it's economically feasible. Someone makes money re-using your papers and packaging. To ensure recycling is also environmentally sound, consumers need to put the right things, in the right way, in the bin. Some of the no-no's may be surprising. To avoid mistakes, it helps to know what happens after you bring your recycling to the curb.