Business Recycles Construction Materials

EUGENE, Ore. — There’s a recycling resource available in Eugene that residents may not know about. It’s called EcoSort. It diverts construction and demolition materials from the landfill. Contractors use it to get rid of their waste, but residents can use it too. “EcoSort recycles about one hundred million pounds of material every year. It … Continue reading »

Test Your Recycling Know-How

EUGENE, Ore. — Many people in Western Oregon pride themselves on being green. But sometimes what can and can’t be recycled isn’t always easy to remember. Aaron Donley from Sanipac joined KEZI 9 News This Morning to give a refresher quiz on recycling.

Springfield Store Recycles Furniture

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield store’s taking items from the past and repurposing them. The items at Riley’s Second-Hand Furniture are quirky and definitely unique, but most importantly they’re recycled. “People really seem to kind of enjoy that take on the old vintage and antique and industrial pieces kind of brought back to life,” said … Continue reading »

Eugene Plastic Bag Ban Approaches

EUGENE, Ore. — The kickoff of Eugene’s plastic bag ban is less than one month away, and the city is using these last few weeks to get the word out, especially to retailers. The city’s hosting two info sessions to walk retailers through the new law and to answer any questions. “I’ve been talking to … Continue reading »

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 »

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