Deschutes Public Library News
Go Green Goes To Redmond
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 9/4/2007
According to Merle Irving, General Manager of Bend Garbage and Recycling, commingle is not a dirty word! If you are confused about what to put in your new recycling carts or want to know more about where your recyclables go, plan on attending Irving’s presentation at the Redmond Public Library on September 11 at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is part of the Go Green Series being presented by Deschutes Public Library and The Green Spot. The organizations have partnered to bring the Go Green series to the communities of Central Oregon. Each month, through November, a local expert will present info on how people can painlessly go green.
So, why all the changes at Bend Garbage and Recycling? Irving says that changing the size of the recycling cart creates positive ripple effects. For example, by automating the recycling services, Bend Garbage employees reduce the risk of injury and prolong their career. “They can retire ‘behind the windshield,’ rather than from an injury caused by the 500 times in and out of a truck on a recycling day.” By reducing the frequency of pick up, Bend Garbage cuts on truck use by 50%. “Fewer trucks on the road means less fossil fuels being burned,” says Irving. During his presentation, Irving will cover everything that is new at the recycling center, including the yard debris programs, the commingled carts and what actually happens after the recycling truck rumbles through your neighborhood. Recycling isn’t hard and it is an easy way to go green says Irving. “Recycling lets people take a valuable resource out of the landfill and help turn it back into something valuable.”
The Go Green series continues next month at the Sisters Public Library with a presentation by Paula Kinzer of Blue Sky Renewable Energy of Pacific Power. For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032. For more information about The Green Spot visit www.thegreenspot.org.