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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WasteBusters 2019 is Almost Here!

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

This March, the 8th annual WasteBusters Challenge will begin! Last year, almost 200 Clark County residents participated, and eight won prizes for their efforts. This year, we're hoping to recruit even more locals to pledge to reduce their waste throughout the month of March.

WasteBusters 2019 will be held from March 1-20, and will kick off with a WasteBusters party at 5pm March 1 in the Columbia Bank Community Room. Join us to hear from a special guest, meet local groups, and learn more about your pledge. And of course, enjoy the free food! All are welcome; you can sign up for a WasteBusters pledge before or at the event. Pledgers can choose to plan their daily meals, use reusable coffee cups, or cut out single-use plastic bags.

Read more about the 2019 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!

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

 

The 2019 pledges

Bring your reusable mug to work every day

Americans throw away 25 billion coffee cups every year. That's A LOT, and it's preventable! By pledging to bring your own mug each time you get a drink to-go, you can help cut back on the amount of cups that get sent to the landfill (since single-use coffee cups aren't recyclable). Bring your favorite reusable cup for your morning coffee, or start brewing at home, to make an impact.

Use no single-use grocery bags

Plastic bag bans have been enacted all over the country. You can pledge to join the fight, and opt out of all single-use bags when you hit the grocery store. Bringing your own reusable bag is as easy as keeping a spare in your car, grabbing one before you leave the house, or purchasing some at the checkout.

Although plastic bags are not recyclable in Clark County, they continue to be one of the major contaminants in the recycling stream, and can cause facilities to completely shut down as they are detangled from sorting machines. Of the 100 billion plastic bags Americans use each year, many end up in our oceans and waterways, causing threats to marine wildlife. Paper bags use forest resources and even more energy than plastic bags to produce, as well as being bulkier, thereby taking up more space in landfills. In the end, bringing your own is always the best option!

Plan out your daily meals

How can planning your meals reduce waste? While it may not seem immediately obvious, good planning is key to a Zero Waste kitchen and minimal food waste. By planning ahead, you can purchase food in bulk or with minimal packaging instead of running through a drive-through. Planning also means you can anticipate how much you plan to eat, instead of over-preparing. Less uneaten food means less food waste in your garbage!

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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!

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.