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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That’s a wrap! WasteBusters 2018

Got Trash? We all do. But, what to do about it is up to you.

In March 2018, we had almost 200 Clark County residents participate in the annual WasteBusters Challenge. They pledged to fight litter, replace plastic, or waste no food for three weeks. Eight participants won prizes from solar phone chargers to a $100 gift card for an excursion on the Portland Spirit.

Read more about the 2018 pledges

This annual waste reduction challenge is hosted on an interactive blog where community members can find resources, share ideas, and earn points to win prizes! Whether it’s a simple action like recycling right or using a reusable bag, every step towards less waste is a step towards a healthier environment and community.

Interested in participating? Sign up for our reminder list, and we’ll let you know when the next challenge is about to start! The pledges are different each year to keep you improving year after year. 

 

Explore the vast resources on this website for more information on recycling, waste reduction, food waste, composting, and more!

Related articles: Thoughtful consumption | Food: Too good to waste | Recycling Done Right | Repair Café


A waste audit is a great way to see what you throw away and identify areas to work at reducing your waste. 

 

The 2018 pledges

Keep a litter bag in your vehicle and never litter

Litter’s not just that fast-food cup Missy Jane threw out her window. It’s also the apple core little Adam dropped along the sidewalk, the scrap of paper that flew out of Annie’s window, or the branches falling out of Charlie-Jo’s uncovered truck bed. Litter— even something biodegradable— poses a threat to wildlife and public health. It’s your responsibility to dispose of your trash in a proper manner and help clean it up where possible.

Replace a common plastic material in your lifestyle with alternative solutions

Plastic is a big problem because it doesn’t decompose in the environment, which threatens wildlife health all the way up the food chain to us. A lot of plastic is not recyclable, especially common plastics like straws, take-out containers, and candy wrappers. Plastics don’t last as long as other materials like glass and metal and wood. There is also a concern about health factors involving plastics such as lead, BPA, and other chemicals that can leach out of some plastics, especially when heated. Additionally, plastics are derived from petroleum, a non-renewable resource with its own environmental impacts.

Plastic is all around us, and the best way to fight it is to stop consuming plastic materials and support more sustainable, environment-friendly alternatives like sustainably-sourced glass, paper, metal, wood, bamboo, reusable fabrics, and more. Identify a plastic you commonly use in your life and replace it with a plastic-free alternative.

Do not throw away or compost ANY edible food

It sounds a little ridiculous doesn’t it? Who would throw away good food? It’s a waste of money and resources. But many people throw away food or let food go bad because they do not properly store it or they don’t think it’s good to eat anymore. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that you’re not letting any edible food go to waste: Food Too Good to Waste

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WasteBusters Mailing List

Interested in the WasteBusters Challenge? Enter your name and email address below and we’ll send you a reminder when it’s time to sign up!

Startling Stats

  • In 2015, 138 million TONS of garbage was landfilled in the U.S.
  • The average Washington resident produces 6.8 pounds of trash every day.
  • Up to 40% of all food in the U.S. is wasted.
  • There are over 10,000 landfills in the U.S., either active or closed.
  • Clark County garbage must be shipped 170 miles up the Columbia River to be disposed of in the Finley Buttes Landfill.

Did you know…

Organic material like apple cores and fruit peels attract rodents to roadsides which attracts birds of prey and other animals, putting them at risk of being hit by cars.

Did you know…

If the current rate of plastic accumulation in the ocean persists, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.

Did you know…

“Food waste (WRI) refers to food that is of good quality and fit for human consumption but that does not get consumed because it is discarded— either before or after it spoils.” A 2016 waste study showed that 25% of WA residents’ trash is organic material.