Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt. Funding for this project provided by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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News about our community as it relates to the environment

Resilient Recycler: Name That Garbage - Non-Recyclable Paper Products

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These furtive products are made of paper but are not recyclable. See if you can guess what they are from their brief description, then scroll to the bottom to see the answers. 1. I'm just paper, really. Nothing special. But I'm so tiny, I won't make it through the sorting equipment. What am I? 2. I make great compost because of my short fibers and ...
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RESILIENT RECYCLER: Clamshells?! But I don’t even eat Seafood!

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In 2010 and 2012, Clark County audited household recycling carts and tagged carts that had contaminants in them. One resident called in after their cart was tagged for containing "clamshells" and he said, "How could there be clamshells in my recycling? I don't even eat seafood!" Plastic clamshells are plastic containers with hinged lids. They're co...
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Resilient Recycler: Make Every Day Recycling Day

Resilient Recycler: Make Every Day Recycling Day
Block Foam Block foam can be recycled for free at  Waste Connections Central Transfer and Recycling Center (11034 NE 117 th Ave, Vancouver). Simply drive into the Recycling Depot and empty your block foam into the designated box. Then, your foam will be taken to be recycled at Agilyx in Tigard, Oregon. It's super easy! This collection is only ...
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Plant Sales Abound: How to find a good plant

Plant Sales Abound: How to find a good plant
It's spring and the landscape is blossoming into color! A variety of organizations are having plant sales as fundraisers for their programs. Check out our links below to find one near you. Why should you buy plants from these sales rather than the supermarket? If not to support these local programs and the students and volunteers who grew the plant...
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Resilient Recycler: Behind the Scenes - #6 Polystyrene Recycling at Agilyx

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  #6 polystyrene plastics are your commonly called "Styrofoam" products from take-out containers to block foam. Unlike plastics like drink bottles and milk jugs that have recycling rates closer to 20%, only about 1% of polystyrene products produced get recycled (EPA 2013).  Why? There's a few reasons. #6 plastics can be durable coffee cup...
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