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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Green Business Spotlight: Natural Grocers

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We are excited to announce the recent Green Business certification of Natural Grocers in Hazel Dell! Natural Grocers takes many steps to protect the environment and bring their customers organic and environmentally-friendly products. 

"​Paper or plastic?​" At Natural Grocers, the answer is neither! Unlike many grocery stores, Natural Grocers has a bag-free checkout. Customers can bring their own reusable bags, or they can reuse cardboard boxes from the store. For every reusable bag that is used, Natural Grocers donates $0.05 to charity. 

To further reduce waste, printers are set to double-sided printing by default, and they use laminated labels in the produce department that are wiped clean and reused rather than regularly printing new ones. Instead of using disposable wipes, they clean with rags that are washed by a laundering service.

They also participate in We Compost​, making the Vancouver store one of the trendsetting businesses in Clark County that opts in for commercial food waste composting. Collecting food scraps at grocery stores and restaurants is a significant step for keeping valuable material out of landfills.

Beyond these projects, Natural Grocers recycles plastic film and electronics, and purchases recycled content copy paper and green cleaning products. Although Natural Grocers has numerous environmental initiatives in place and is now a certified Green Business, their green team is already evaluating other ways to reduce the grocery store's environmental footprint. The Clark County Green Business Program looks forward to seeing what they achieve next! 

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