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 living

  • Transportation

    Explore travel options like walking, biking, public transit, and green cars. Taking advantage of these green living options for short and long trips can have a positive effect on our environment while saving you money and improving your health.

    Combine commute options

    There are a number of ways to combine commute options to make your trip the best fit for you. Be creative. Buses have bike racks installed on the front. Utilize bike lockers and walk part of the way. Take a bike to the transfer station and bus the rest of the way. Bus to a carpool location and get picked up.

  • Green building

    Green buildings are designed and built in such a way that they have a reduced impact on the environment. See Clark County’s Green Building webpage for information on energy efficiency, resource efficiency, and high indoor air quality.

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  • Green cars

     

    There are getting to be more and more choices when it comes to purchasing a green vehicle. The EPA has a great Green Vehicle Guide. This guide allows you to look up a specific vehicle to learn more about its air pollution, fuel economy and greenhouse gas scores. You can also search for the greenest vehicles so you have good information when you go out to the car lots.

    The US Department of Energy has some great information on hybrids, gas mileage and the most efficient vehicles available. You can even look up the lowest gas prices in the area or plan your next trip to be the most fuel efficient possible. 

    To learn more about reading the fuel economy labels when looking at new cars, visit the EPA website.

  • What goes in the yard debris cart?

    The yard debris cart is where you can place grass and clippings from your yard to recycle them into compost.

    The Master Composter Recycler Program offers FREE workshops and trainings on backyard composting, worm-bin composting, recycling, green cleaning, and other waste-reduction techniques. For more information about this program and to sign up for a workshop, visit our Master Composter Recycler pages or email mcr@clark.wa.gov.

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    What goes in the cart:

    Leaves, grass, brush, or woody prunings.

    If you use bags instead of, or in addition to, your yard debris cart, please use only compostable, double walled kraft bags sold for this purpose. Brush bundles must be less than 1 foot in diameter and 5 feet in length. Tie with twine or string, no wire please. Loose yard debris is not accepted.

    There are weight limits for the carts. For more information, please call Waste Connections at 360.892.5370, visit www.wcnorthwest.com or email recyclehelp@wcnx.org.

    Seasonal items:

    • In Autumn, pumpkins are accepted with the candles removed.
    • Christmas trees can be placed in your cart. Cut them into sections no longer than 5 feet and remove all tinsel, decorations and lights. No flocked trees are accepted.
  • Naturally Beautiful Backyards

    Naturally Beautiful Backyards (NBB) is a program that can help you be as green in your yard as you are in your house. There are things you do in your indoor life to be green, likewise, there are things you can do in your yard to be green as well. And not just in your BACK-yard!

    The NBB program encourages the following:
    • Cultivate a tolerant mindset.
    • Build good soil. Recycle, compost and use mulch.
    • Select appropriate plants. Ones that are native, zone-appropriate, and/or disease-resistant. Reduce traditional turf-grass lawn.
    • Create inviting habitat. For birds, bees, beneficial insects, wildlife.
    • Use fewer chemicals. Including pesticide, herbicide, fertilizer.
    • Prevent storm water run-off and erosion. Use less water.
    • Make use of our Information Archive

    Make It Naturally Beautiful

    Learning about how nature works will make you a better and more confident gardener. Encouraging birds, bees, and wildlife into your yard by using native plants, tolerating insects and a little damage, building great soil, recycling and composting waste materials, and using fewer chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides) will enable your yard to contribute positively to a healthier environment.

    Browse our pages and learn how to make your yard naturally beautiful.

     

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