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Summer 2023

Business food scraps requirement

Many businesses around the region have started collecting food scraps to comply with the regional requirement. However, many more businesses will soon be required in the coming months. Contact us today to learn if your business is required to separate food scraps from garbage.

We can provide free bins, signage and staff training to get you started. Check out our webpage for more information. 

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Food Waste Stops With Me

Is your workplace a food business looking to make a positive impact in your community? Consider starting a food donation program! By sharing your abundance with local food banks and pantries, you can help feed community members and prevent food waste. Plus, the Good Samaritan Act protects food donors from liability, and there may be tax incentives available as well.


Setting up a donation program is easy, and many local governments provide resources and support to make the process smoother.To learn more and find local support, visit FoodWaste StopsWithMe.org.

Recycling Modernization Act

Did you know that businesses are required by law to recycle specific materials under the Business Recycling Requirement? Watch this two-minute video from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) explaining how the Recycling Modernization Act will impact business recycling in Oregon.

Watch the video here!

Zero waste company picnics

It’s time to start planning your company picnic and there are many ways to make it zero waste. Here are a few ideas to get the planning started:

  • Create an event kit with all used reusable dishware, silverware and napkins.
  • Make it a potluck and bring your favorite foods in durable dishware to share.
  • Encourage staff to bring their own cups, utensils and plates.
  • Hire a local caterer to cover everything!
  • Check out our free recycling equipment to collect beverage containers and other recyclables onsite.
Click here to request recycling equipment

Featured Green Business Leaders

First Tech Credit Union

Cheers to First Tech Credit Union for recertifying as a gold level Green Business Leader!

Standout practices include:  

  • Employees volunteer to maintain their community garden and they donate produce to community partners.
  • Their building is LEED certified and has many energy and water efficient features.
  • Their green team offers annual opportunities for staff to learn about sustainability best practices.

LAM Research

Congratulations to LAM Research on being recertified at the gold level Green Business Leaders award!

With the help of their green team they:

  • Work together to pilot new recycling collection programs.
  • Engage staff through special events and reduce energy consumption in partnership with EnergyTrust's Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program.
  • Have a pollinator garden and use goats for invasive plant removal.

Internship opportunity

Are you passionate about working with the community and the environment? Apply for a paid AmeriCorps internship with Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling! Gain experience promoting strategies for reducing waste in underserved communities, such as reuse and repair.

Apply before July 5 at www.confluencecenter.org/apply-now. Share with friends, family members and neighbors!

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