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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Save your 2017 New Year’s resolution for WasteBusters this March!

With the New Year comes a new WasteBusters challenge! We are excited to create some friendly competition in communities throughout Clark County once again. Last year we pledged to reuse bags and beverage containers, and took action against wasted leftovers. Close to 600 people participated, so we invite you all to join us again. This year the challenges will be new, but the goal is the same: Bust Waste!

WasteBusters is an online waste-reduction competition that has engaged Clark County residents to produce less garbage and waste less food to make our county healthier and more sustainable. New to the challenge this year, we are encouraging businesses to sign up and show us how green they can be!

Our pledges will be announced in February and our three-week competition will be from March 10–30. If you would like a reminder to sign up for WasteBusters, enter your e-mail in the WasteBusters Mailing List box. We look forward to taking on these challenges with you!

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Last year’s waste busting actions

  • Pledge to bring and use reusable bags when you shop
  • Pledge to bring and use a reusable beverage container for your “to-go” drinks
  • Pledge to designate one day a week to eat leftovers

Why Bust our Waste?

Waste is unavoidable in our current society, but we can all do our part to help. Starting to notice how much we throw away in our lives is the first step. Making simple adjustments to our habits is the next step. Reducing waste is more important than ever because of the rapidly growing population in Clark County.

In a waste stream analysis of Clark County, 20% of landfilled waste could have been recycled in our blue curb-side recycling bins. Furthermore, 33% of the waste stream was organic material, such as food scraps that could have been avoided through thoughtful consumption. If everyone pledged to reduce their waste in one of our challenges, we could greatly reduce the waste we send to our landfills.

Why 21 days?

Some say it takes a minimum of 21 days for a new habit to form. Whether myth or truth, most would agree that the timeframe is short enough to stick with and be inspired, yet potentially long enough that it just might work. The goal is for it to become a normal, everyday action.

Did you know…

The amount of recyclable items landfilled by Clark County accounts for a third of our total landfilled waste. These items have a combined market value of over $6 million a year! If we all recycled everything accepted in our blue recycling bins, we would be creating economic growth throughout the county.

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Just keeps getting better!

Reusing or composting the things that would normally go in the garbage has saved us money and makes our compost richer! Cant wait for the garden season so I can plant in this black gold!


Creative new recipes with leftovers

Not only did eating leftovers save money, it also uses less utilities from having to wash the dishes to the electricity/gas to cook a whole meal! My family and I have pledged to waste less after being involved in this challenge.


21 days does work!

I am going to do my own mini-challenges for 21 day, inspired by this pledge, and will pick one thing I would like to do better each time, and commit fully for the 21 days as I did with this pledge.


Reusable bottles

Now I have 5 different water bottles so I’ll never forget one when I walk out the door. I insulated bottles are the greatest. I will always use them.


Don't miss the fun!

Recycled Arts Festival

Is it trash or is it art? Visit the hippest, most eco-conscious festival of the year and see for yourself how people are giving new life to items that were landfill-bound. June 25–26, 2016.

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