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Whether you're looking for ways to minimize waste, ideas on how to recycle smarter or things you can do to help the environment, this section is your educational resource.

The mess with mixed paper

The recycling world has changed. Most of the paper and paperboard (cereal boxes, shoes boxes, paper towel tubes) we used to take at the curb is now considered a contaminant when mixed with other materials. According to the processors who sort and sell the materials to mills and overseas markets, unsorted paper (a mix of paper products that includes office paper, junk mail, cereal/shoe/cracker boxes, paper towel/toilet tubes) is no longer wanted by China — the world’s main market for this material. And U.S. markets for unsorted paper are virtually non-existent. This means that since January 1st of 2018, there haven’t been adequate markets here or abroad for mixed paper. So it’s stacking up all over the globe.

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Slowing the flow of unwanted mail

Every time you fill out a product warranty card, purchase a new home or car, supply your credit card information to a lender, open a credit card or give the clerk at a retail store your name and address, odds are your name goes onto a mailing list. Some companies use that list solely for themselves. Others sell their lists to other companies… who, in turn, can sell their lists to other companies. Before you know it, you’re getting catalogs, credit card offers, sales letters, postcards and more — all from companies hungry for your business.

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Keeping contaminants out of the recycling stream

If you’ve heard anything about recycling lately, odds are you’ve heard the term “contaminants.” But what exactly is recycling contamination? Why is it a big deal? And how does it impact recycling here in our area?

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Breathing easy: Things you can do to reduce air pollution

Rogue Waste is committed to air quality improvements here in the Rogue Valley. One of the ways we do that is by converting the trucks in our fleet to run on clean-burning Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) — and opening one of just a handful of CNG fuel stations in the state. And plans are underway to refine biogas at the Dry Creek Landfill into an even cleaner — and renewable — transportation fuel known as Renewable Natural Gas (RNG).

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