Reduce – Reuse – Recycle
Waste hierarchy models are changing to reflect a primary imperative to reduce our patterns of consumption and then, lastly, to recycle what we can.
The inverted pyramid model starts with a call to REDUCE our consumption in everything we do, whether energy use or purchasing goods. Drawdown* rates reducing food waste as the #3 solution out of 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming. drawdown.org
Nowadays, you can be mindful as well as fashionable about REUSE by shopping for vintage clothes and scoring thrift shop finds. You can support green and sustainable industries by using products made from recycled goods – such as outdoor Trex decking made from 95% recyclables.
At the bottom of the pyramid is the last option, which is to RECYCLE. Recycling rules are changing. Use the recent restrictions on plastic packaging as a chance to develop new shopping practices – such as buying more in the bulk foods section.
Lend Me A Plate – A volunteer project by SOMRA (Southern Oregon Master Recyclers in Action) Lend Me A Plate (LMAP) provides an alternative to the use of paper, plastic, and styrofoam products at events such as weddings, reunions, meetings, parties, or memorials, whether in a public or private setting. LMAP’s service is free of charge to Ashland and Talent residents.
LOCAL RECYCLING UPDATES
Where to Recyle in Medford and Ashland, Oregon by Laura Whitney (Master Climate Protector, 2019)
SOUTHERN OREGON RECYCLING DECEMBER 2017 UPDATE:
Rogue Disposal and Recycling Information (https://roguedisposal.com/)
Because of the recent resistance of China to accept our mingled recycling because too many of us contaminate it, co-mingled recycling is likely to end up in the landfill. The regional rules have changed and we need to start separating our items as follows:
Corrugated Cardboard the kind with the wavy center
Milk Jug Style Containers clear or white, rinsed out, no lids
Newspaper and Inserts no magazines
Tin and Aluminum Cans rinsed out, no lids
Clean glass bottles and jars can be dropped off at:
- Ray’s Food Place, 735 N. Main Street in Phoenix
- Ray’s Food Place, 401 5th Street in Jacksonville
- Ray’s Food Place, 126 E. Pine Street in Central Point
- Sherm’s Thunderbird, 2347 W. Main Street in West Medford
- Sherm’s Food 4 Less, 2230 Biddle Road in East Medford
- Rogue Transfer & Recycling, 8001 Table Rock Road in White City
Cardboard, Newspaper, Plastic milk jugs, Tin & Aluminum cans, Glass bottles & jars, High Grade Paper (Office paper & mail. No catalogs or magazines) can be dropped off at:
- Rogue Transfer & Recycling in White City, 8001 Table Rock Road, White City
Ashland/Talent Recology program: https://www.recology.com/recology-ashland/
Eagle Point Southern Oregon Sanitation program: https://www.sosanitation.com/news/recycling-market-crisis-update/