Thursday, October 28, 2010

Deschutes Recycling Donates Produce from Garden to NeighborImpact

This spring, Deschutes Recycling, located at Knott Landfill, started a vegetable garden to grow produce for donating to local food banks. Employees planted and maintained the garden throughout the spring and summer.

Deschutes Recycling worked with NeighborImpact to determine the best vegetables to plant for the garden. The garden included potatoes, zucchini, peas, squash, carrots, onions and beans. This season Deschutes Recycling donated 160 pounds of produce to NeighborImpact.

"NeighborImpact really appreciates receiving local produce for distribution to our Partner Agencies, said Steve Murray, NeighborImpact Food Bank Coordinator. “The product we received from the garden at Deschutes Recycling has helped us provide nutritious food to Central Oregonians. We look forward to future partnership with Deschutes Recycling and their garden."

“This has been a great project that our company and employees have been very excited to kick off. We are always looking for ways to give back to our communities and we can’t wait to see this garden grow each year which will increase the amount of food we are able to donate,” said Brad Bailey, president Deschutes Recycling.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Half Price Yard Debris Recyclilng Event

November 1 - November 13, residents can recycle their yard debris at Deschutes Recycling for half price ($2.00 per cubic yard).

Deschutes Recycling is located at Knott Landfill, 61050 SE 27th Street in Bend.

FireFree encourages residents to complete their fall clean up and maintenance of defensible space by bringing branches, leaves, shrubs and pine needles to Deschutes Recycling during this event. “The City of Bend banned debris burning inside the city limits last year so this is an excellent opportunity for Bend residents to recycle their debris inexpensively and legally,” says Katie Lighthall, FireFree Coordinator.

Yard debris must be clean; no rocks, dirt, garbage and plastic bags.

Deschutes Recycling is open Monday - Saturday (closed Sundays) 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Deschutes Recycling will also be closed on Veterans Day - Thursday, November 11.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Local Bend and Redmond Garbage & Recycling Companies Offer Commercial Customers New Food Waste Collection Program

Bend Garbage & Recycling, Cascade Disposal and High Country Disposal in Redmond are excited to announce a new program for their commercial customers; Food Waste Collection.

This new program provides commercial customers another opportunity to further reduce their waste, recycle more and keep organic waste out of the landfill. Food waste material includes all food waste; meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, dairy and bakery items.

The food waste material will be composted by Deschutes Recycling and is the only facility in Central Oregon and the second facility in the state to be permitted to accept food waste material. Deschutes Recycling is located at Knott Landfill in Bend.

“St. Charles Health System partnered with Bend Garbage and Deschutes Recycling on a pilot food waste composting program and has been instrumental in providing Bend Garbage with the material and collection experience to allow us to expand this program,” said Brad Bailey, president. “Food waste is a significant amount of the waste stream and we are excited to be able to recycle it and offer collection services to our commercial customers.”

“The Department of Solid Waste is pleased to have our composting facility permit renewed under new DEQ composting rules,” said Timm Schimke, Deschutes County Solid Waste Director. “Due to environmental factors such as low annual precipitation and depth to groundwater, our facility has been determined to be low risk for potential environmental and operational problems. This has given us the ability to consider additions to the compost operations such as food waste."

"This is an important step forward for waste recovery and the environment in our community," said Mike Riley, executive director of The Environmental Center. "Not only will this new service reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Knott Landfill, it will also recycle nutrient rich waste that used to be thrown away into valuable compost for local gardens and landscapes. Deschutes Recycling deserves a lot of credit for finding and testing a system that works for our community."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Oregon Paint Stewardship Program

Oregon DEQ approved the first paint product stewardship “take-back” program in the nation. The PaintCare program which began in July 2010 is funded by paint manufactures and allows consumers to return unused paint to participating sites for proper disposal. The non-profit organization PaintCare was created to administer this program.

Deschutes Recycling is a part of this statewide paint stewardship program and is a drop off site for the collection of post-consumer latex and oil-based paint. Residents can drop off paint during normal operating hours, which is Monday – Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., closed Sundays. Deschutes Recycling is located at Knott Landfill, 61050 SE 27th Street in Bend.

For more information about the PaintCare program, visit

Monday, October 11, 2010

Deschutes Recycling & Knott Landfill Closed for Veterans Day

Thursday, November 11, Deschutes Recycling & Knott Landfill will be on Veterans Day. They will re-open Friday, November 12 at 7:00a.m.

For more information on the services Deschutes Recycling provides, visit