Recycling and Composting Right in Clark County

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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Sara Halcumb is a registered nurse with more than 10 years of experience in healthcare. She also writes for the Southwest Washington blog Literally Simple. Sara was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Battle Ground with her husband and their two children. Most days you can find her enjoying the beautiful outdoors with her family and their dog Bandit.

Comments (2)

  • Sara Halcumb

    Pete- Thanks for providing such great information for our community on reducing food waste. We appreciate your work!

  • Peter DuBois

    Thank you Sara for an in depth coverage of recycling and composting in Clark County, WA. We should be proud of the work our community is doing to reduce waste. WA State has a goal of cutting food waste sent to the landfill by 50% by 2030. We will all need to learn and pitch in to make this worthy goal a reality.


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