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Go beyond the basics: Get your Recycling 101 certificate

Want to learn more about what happens to your recyclables once they leave the curb? You can become a recycling industry insider with the Recycling 101 online certificate, offered through the Association of Oregon Recyclers and Oregon State University. The online platform makes it easy for you to become an expert in your spare time!
These businesses are setting themselves apart as certified Green Business Award winners due to their ongoing efforts to reduce waste and incorporate environmental sustainability into their daily operations. Congratulations to all of these trailblazing organizations!
Acumed has been active in EnergyTrust's Strategic Energy Management program. They also built a recycling station out of scrap metal from their operations.

Farmers Insurance's Tigard location  started a green team, recycles and reuses what they can, and are looking at their waste in a whole new way.
The Partners Group joined the Corporate Sustainability Collaborative , and encourages employees to volunteer in the community on paid work time. 
U-Haul of Sherwood hosts a donation and reuse area for customers to swap items they no longer need. They also support alternative transportation for employees through a transit pass program.
U-Haul of Lake Oswego has a conservation fund for customers to offset their trip by donating money to plant trees. They also host a box reuse area for customers to leave and take old boxes that can still be used.
Peter's Auto Works is also an EcoBiz certified company. They support waste prevention by providing employees with reusable dishware in the break room and using rechargeable batteries.
Willamette Dental in Tualatin donates outdated electronic devices for reuse, and they have recently implemented a feedback system to gather new ideas from employees about how to further sustainability in their operations.
Are you a Green Business Leader?

If so, join the growing list of businesses that are setting themselves apart as environmental leaders in the community!
More bottles to redeem in 2018

As part of Oregon's Bottle Bill expansion, you can now redeem even more bottles and cans than before.  Coffee, tea, kombucha, energy and sports drinks, hard cider (under 8.5 percent ABV), and juice beverages in plastic or glass bottles or metal cans now have a 10-cent redemption. See the  full list  of newly added beverage containers.

By taking your redeemable bottles and cans to a redemption center, you can earn back the 10-cent refund (for an employee pizza party fund?) or donate it to a local nonprofit or school of your choice.