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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Red, Pink & Green

Valentine's Day is about grand gestures. I'm all for it, but Valentine's can be a little wasteful. On February 14th, take an opportunity to bring a little green into this red and pink holiday. Here are our six suggestions:

  1. Maybe use fewer balloons. A room filled with heart-shaped balloons will make a big impression, but it will also leave a big footprint.
  2. Think about your flower choices! Those stunning long-stemmed red roses were shipped all the way from South America. We suggest buying local flowers. Even better, give your sweetie a local, native plant—it's a gift that will keep on giving!
  3. Chocolates pose several issues. First of all, make sure the chocolate is fair trade. Then you want to look at packaging. Some popular brands individually wrap each piece and that's a no-no. And if you can manage it, local sweets are sweeter than those that have traveled from Pennsylvania.
  4. Do you send out cards to everyone you love? Make sure they use recycled content and that they can be readily recycled. Even better, send those you love some kind of e-card!
  5. Valentine's Day often includes some kind of fancy meal. Whether you're going out or staying in, make sure you're eating locally-produced food.
  6. Have the kids in the family get creative with the Valentines they give their classmates and friends. You can do better than the fun-sized candy attached to cardstock with a cartoon character making a Valentine's pun. Those Valentines also waste a lot of material. Instead, give out heart-shaped erasers, homemade cookies, or something more heartfelt and personal.


However you like to celebrate, we hope our Green Neighbors have a great day. We love you!

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