Home Show Offers Recycled Flooring

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Home and Garden show is all about improving homes, but also reducing carbon footprints. Several vendors at this weekend’s show will showcase products to help use less energy and reuse material. Quick-Step Flooring, for example, carries flooring that’s made from 74 percent recycled material. “The material is something that … Continue reading »

Trashed Glass Turned to Treasures

EUGENE, Ore. — A local business is helping turn potential trash into beautiful treasures. Managers at Aurora Glass, a branch of the local St. Vincent de Paul, say they’ve been around for more than a decade, helping the community divert about a ton of glass from our landfills every month. “Basically we recycle window glass. … Continue reading »

NextStep is Taking Unneeded Electronics

EUGENE, Ore. — Have you considered reducing, reusing and recycling your electronics? A group called NextStep Recycling wants people to donate their used and unneeded gadgets rather than stashing them away. It takes everything that runs on batteries or plugs, including TVs, radios, stereos and VHS/DVD players. NextStep says what you may consider trash another … Continue reading »

Broken Christmas Lights Can Be Recycled

EUGENE, Ore. — Did your Christmas lights take a beating this holiday season? NextStep Recycling is collecting broken lights to recycle. “People are collecting them in their homes and they really don’t know what to do with them, and it’s been a need. And the manufacturers¬†have a process now the processors do for handling this … Continue reading »

Recycled Materials Make New Gifts

EUGENE, Ore. — There’s a new spin on regifting–transforming recycled items into innovative gifts. Adults and kids are getting creative at M.E.C.C.A., the Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts. For some, the materials there are trash. For others, it’s treasure. You’ll find it all organized. “In this year alone we have helped to divert 26,000 … Continue reading »

Get Crafty with Holiday Gifts

EUGENE, Ore. — A lot of us are in a tight spot when it comes to spending this holiday season, so why not make gifts instead of just buying them? Staffers at the Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts (M.E.C.C.A.) suggest having a craft party to create things like bottle cap earrings, bulletin boards out … Continue reading »

Used Items Industry Strong

EUGENE, Ore. — The used merchandise industry helps bring in nearly $25 million to the Lane County economy each year. One of those many businesses is BRING Recycling. It contributes about three quarters of a million dollars. A recent city report found Lane County experienced a 60-percent employment growth between 2005 and 2010 in the … Continue reading »

OSU Students Donate 20,000 lbs. of Used Items from Dorms

CORVALLIS, Ore. — When Oregon State University students moved out of the dorms, they left a lot of stuff–on purpose. They donated more than 20,000 pounds of housewares, food and other items. A portion of the donations went to the OSUsed Store, but most of it went to nonprofits including the Linn Benton Food Share, … Continue reading »

Crews Clean Up After Olympic Trials

EUGENE, Ore. — Now that the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials are over, the clean-up begins. The clean-up effort taking place post track and field trials had been in the works and carefully planned out over the past year and a half. Lane County Waste Management, the City of Eugene and Sanipac teamed up … Continue reading »

Two Nonprofits Recognized for Environmental Work

EUGENE, Ore. — Two local nonprofit organizations were rewarded for their work in bettering the community. Both BRING Recycling and NextStep Recycling were awarded $2,500 from Ruby Porter Marketing for their extensive environmental work. Winners were voted on by the public, and the marketing group made the final decision to pick both. “They help educate … Continue reading »

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