Waste reduction updates for your workplace
From left: City of Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway, City of Hillsboro Senior Project Manager Peter Brandom, and Washington County Senior Deputy Administrator Sia Lindstrom at the Hillsboro Chamber on January 10.
City of Hillsboro receives Green Business Award 

In recognition of the City of Hillsboro's commitment to environmental sustainability, Washington County presented Mayor Steve Callaway with the Green Business Award. The City is unique among the six 2016 awardees in that it was certified at the Gold level, earning the highest number of points so far of any organization. Highlights of the City's sustainability practices include:
  • Collecting food waste at the Hillsboro Civic Center and Hillsboro Brookwood Library.
  • Recycling batteries, cell phones, electronic devices and special plastics.
  • Offsetting over 35 percent of energy use with solar energy and purchased green power.
  • Reducing energy use in City facilities by over 20 percent since 2009.

Is your business a leader in sustainability? Apply for the Green Business Award and get recognized!

Rock Creek Pantry distributed one million pounds of food in 2016.
Congratulations to DEQ grant recipients in Washington County

Several organizations in Washington County recently were awarded grants from Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to prevent, reuse or recover waste. 

Rock Creek Pantry  and  Tualatin School House Pantry  will both receive funding to expand their capacity to rescue surplus food from grocery stores and restaurants. 

Does your business have food to donate? Contact a  green business advisor  today and we'll connect you with one of these great organizations. 
Upcoming ResourceFull Use workshops

Does your company have fiber drums that could be reused? How about foam? Other scraps that might be useful to someone else? Then check out ResourceFull Use where you can find a home for materials you have, or connect with others that might have items you're seeking!
Meet your new green business advisors, Eva and Gregor!

We're pleased to introduce Eva Aguilar and Gregor Morrison, who recently joined the Solid Waste & Recycling team. 

Eva is a bilingual program educator who works with Latino businesses and residents on waste prevention, recycling, and composting initiatives. Contact Eva if you work with Spanish speakers and would like to learn about reducing waste.

Gregor supports businesses in their efforts to reduce food waste through composting and food donation. Contact Gregor if you would like to explore food scraps collection for your business.