As you start working on those spring cleanup projects, think about the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Reduce

There are many ways to reduce your waste at home and work.  Pack your lunch or snack in reusable containers instead of zip lock bags.  Replace the plastic water bottle with a reusable drinking cup.  Sign up for paperless billing and opt out of junk mail. Consider renting or sharing tools.  Visit www.rethinkwasteproject.org for more tips and resources to help reduce your waste.

Reuse

Choose reuse and give items a second life.  Help support your local thrift store by shopping or donating to them.

Recycle

Here are some ways to recycle other household items that don’t go in your blue curbside recycling cart. Deschutes Recycling, located at Knott Landfill, accepts these items for recycling.

  • E-Waste – Recycle your computers (both laptops and desktops), TVs, Monitors, and Mice for Free at Deschutes Recycling.  For a fee, Bend Garbage & Recycling will come to your home and collect your e-waste for recycling.
  • Household latex and oil-based paint can be recycled at Deschutes Recycling for free.
  • Tires, refrigerators and other appliances can be recycled at Deschutes Recycling for a fee.

For a complete list of everything Deschutes Recycling accepts for recycling, visit www.deschutesrecycling.com.