Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program is coordinated by Clark County Public Health’s 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.

Clark County makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information provided on this website. However, due to the possibility of transmission errors, HTML browser capabilities, changes made since the last update to the site, etc., neither Clark County, nor any agency, officer, or employee of Clark County warrants the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at their own risk.

In offering information on the web, Clark County seeks to balance our requirement for public access with the privacy needs of individual citizens. Information that appears on the Clark County website is part of the public record. By law, it is available for public access, whether by telephone request, visiting county offices, or through other means.

clark county logo

Contact Details

Call us
(360) 397-2121 x4352

Green Blog

News about our community as it relates to the environment

2022 WasteBusters Challenge: Food Waste Prevention Edition


Food waste has increasing environmental impacts on a local, national and international stage. In 2018, the Washington Department of Ecology recorded 479,428 tons of wasted edible food, an increase of almost 100,000 tons from 2015. The Washington Department of Ecology's Use Food Well Plan has a goal of reducing the state's food waste by 50% by 2030 through three avenues.

  1. Prevention: Prevent and reduce the amount of food that's wasted
  2. Rescue: Rescue edible food that would otherwise be wasted and ensure the food reaches those who need it
  3. Recovery: Support productive uses of inedible food materials, including using it for animal feed, energy production through anaerobic digestion, and for off-site or on-site management systems including composting, vermicomposting, or other biological systems

 The 21-day WasteBusters Challenge runs March 1-21 and participants can join as individuals or as a team. Participants can curb food waste and help reduce their environmental impact by committing to one of three pledges:

  • Reduce meat intake by one day per week
  • Organize and rotate food in the refrigerator to prioritize consuming food before it expires
  • Plan and stick to a shopping list during grocery shopping
These pledges are created in order to participate in the state-wide Use Food Well Plan's goal to prevent the amount of wasted food.

Learn more about WasteBusters at the Launch Party, featuring guest speaker Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer! Monika is going to be sharing her story in reducing food waste and engaging participants in activities and active discussion. People attending the free kick-off event will also learn more about this year's challenge, including details about how the challenge will work and how you can earn points and win prizes! 

People who join the WasteBusters challenge will be supported by fellow participants and the WasteBusters team. The challenge's easy-to-use online platform provides the opportunity to share tips, tricks, and additional resources to help participants accomplish their waste-busting goals. Participants will earn points by attending virtual events, completing weekly challenges, participating in reflections about their food waste journey and more.

 Learn more about the challenge on the WasteBusters website and register for the kick-off event online.

Green Business Spotlight: Columbia Okura
Hearts A Flutter for a Thoughtful and Low Waste Va...