Recycling and Composting Right in Clark County
Pete DuBois grew up on the east coast, studied economics and spent his college summers working on Wall Street. But when he came out west with his college rock band, he fell in love . . . with the natural environment. “I was enamored by the Pacific Northwest and the rivers, mountains, coast, and high desert . . . I wanted to do my part to protect the environment.”
DuBois is not alone in his passion for the environment, but because it’s often hard for individuals to perceive direct benefits, sustainable habits can be difficult to cultivate in a community.
According to Clark County Green Neighbors, the average American throws away 4.5 pounds of stuff each day. That waste creates a huge burden on the environment and the economy. Recycling and composting are excellent ways to reduce this impact for a greener and more sustainable future. But within the U.S., recycling efforts vary from region to region. As Meg Johnson, waste reduction educator and recycling events coordinator for Waste Connections of Washington explains, “There are no national recycling rules and so every small part of the country has to come up with their own rules, find recyclers to make the materials collected into something new and make the system work for their local area.” To encourage vital earth-friendly practices locally, Waste Connections, the City of Vancouver and Clark County Green Neighbors have implemented some new programs in recent years to improve recycling and composting practices in Clark County and maintain a clean and green way of life in our region for generations to come.
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