Help Combat Climate Change as a Neighborhood Sustainability Steward!

December 12th, 2014 | Brandon

OSU Extension’s innovative Neighborhood Sustainability Stewards volunteer program engages the local community in climate change actions on a household level.  Program goals are: to engage the general public in a climate change conversation, to give the public tools to lower CO2 emissions on a household level, and to provide skills to live sustainably in a changing world.

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Make a difference in your community – join the Neighborhood Sustainability Steward Program! Attend the 8-week course to increase your knowledge of energy savings and sustainable living practices in your own home.  Course topics include climate change science, transportation options, energy conservation, sustainable food systems, waste reduction, water conservation, sustainable gardening and landscaping, ecosystems and habitats, outreach and volunteering.  The course meets on Monday evenings starting January 26th, 2015.  Cost is only $20 and includes field trip transportation.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn how you can do your part to combat climate change. Register today since registration closes Jan. 12. For further information, contact Jody Einerson, 541-766-6311.

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Become a Master Recycler in 2015!

December 10th, 2014 | Andrea Norris

Now’s the time to sign-up for the 2015 Linn and Benton Master Recycler class offered by Republic Services and OSU Campus Recycling – act soon to secure your spot!

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  • 8 required classes on Tuesday nights, January 13th through March 3rd at 6:15-9:00 pm
  • 2 required Saturday field trips on January 31, 9 am – 12:30 pm and February 21, 9 am – 2 pm
  • 1 optional Friday field trip on February 6, 7:20 am – 1 pm


305 Kearney Hall


This non-credit, 8-week class will explore landfill science, recycling, waste reduction, reuse opportunities, composting, community sustainability, green building, hazardous waste and taking action.

It is free to residents of Linn and Benton County who agree to “pay back” what they learned through 30 hours of volunteer service after completion of the course.

Details and Registration:

Visit the Master Recyclers webpage at for more details and link to register.

Registration is open until January 6th or until spots fill, whichever comes first.

We’d love to see there!

Coffee Cup Coup – Can we count you in?

December 8th, 2014 | Andrea Norris

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The Coffee Cup Coup is a campaign founded in the belief that together, we can overthrow the tyranny of the disposable cup.

Why, you say? Because…

  • 3,000 coffee cups are thrown away every day at OSU. In a recent audit, we found 563 coffee cups in just 1 dumpster.
  • They are never recyclable.
  • Reusable mugs save you money…and save the world.


How to Join

  • Refuse disposable cups and always carry a reusable mug with you (And earn 20-25 cents off every time you use it!)
  • Attend an event. Check the website and Facebook.
  • Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #CoffeeCupCoup, and by liking, commenting on, and sharing posts from others!
  • Volunteer for the campaign by attending Waste Watcher meetings or contacting Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398.

The Coup is a campaign of the Waste Watchers, a student club coordinated by Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative. Learn more on the Coffee Cup Coup webpage.

Question of the Week: Cups Trashed at OSU

December 3rd, 2014 | Kyle Reed

WebTime for our Question of the Week!

The first person to provide a correct answer will win a durable Beavers Reuse mug, like the one pictured here.

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

How many disposable coffee cups are estimated to be thrown away every day at OSU?


3,000 single-use coffee cups are thrown away each day on campus.

Disposable coffee cups are never recyclable, and are only sometimes compostable. Avoid creating unnecessary waste by using a reusable coffee mug whenever purchasing coffee. After all, you only need one!

Congratulations to Sahar for winning this week’s Question!

Reedcycler’s Believe it or Not: Doors, Dirt, and Weapons Waste

December 1st, 2014 | Kyle Reed

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Welcome back, readers; it’s time for the final installment of Reedcycler’s Believe it or Not. For this last week, we’ll be taking a look at an unlikely building material, as well as dipping into the massive world of recycled art.

Palestinian architects build houses from the ground up


While this might look like a moon house, it's all earth. Click to view larger.

History has a way of repeating itself, but a house made from dirt seems like a large step backward. Yet these environmentally-friendly structures are easy to construct – being made with mud compacted in bags, stacked, and plastered over – and provide a natural way to regulate room temperature during the seasons.

The one pictured to the right was made by a Palestinian architectural firm – Shamsard –  in the city of Jericho, who also created furniture from trash. The materials were all gathered from the local area.

Giant angels of peace created from unused weapons

The California Peace Angel. Click to view larger.

The California Peace Angel. Click to view larger.

Lin Evola-Smidt set out in 1992 with the hope of creating art that would inspire peace. The Peace Angels Project was the result, creating monuments from unused weaponry. Materials utilized range from guns and knives to landmines and nuclear weapon casings. The aim of the art project is to perpetuate peace and understanding through the recycling of surplus arms.

Peace Angels have been placed in cities all around the world, and a thirty-two foot monument is being planned for downtown Los Angeles. The colossus will be cast from 100,000 weapons collected from around the state.

Decorative doors: 1000 doors cover building scaffolding

Artists often open doors to creativity, using whatever they have available to them to create their pieces. Sometimes they just use doors.

Choi Jeong-Hwa created his Doors piece using 1,000 reused doors. It was installed as a public art installation in Seoul, South Korea, covering the scaffolding of a 10-story building. Jeong-Hwa often incorporates everyday materials to his projects, finding everything to be potential art.

This post is part of the “Reedcycler’s Believe it or Not” blog series, which showcases weird waste-related stories. Thanks for reading!

Got a mug? Get FREE coffee Tuesday and Wednesday!

December 1st, 2014 | Andrea Norris

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The OSU Waste Watchers want to reward you for carrying a reusable mug with you!

Come to the MU Quad between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on Tuesday and/or Wednesday December 2nd and 3rd with your reusable mug to get a free cup of organic, fair-trade coffee (tea also available)!

While supplies last. Only offered to those who bring reusable, non-disposable mugs.

Join on Facebook.

This is part of OSU’s Coffee Cup Coup campaign, aimed at overthrowing the tyranny of the disposable cup. Learn more by visiting

But wait – there’s more! The Student Sustainability Initiative is also hosting a Fair Trade Study Break at the MU Quad Steps on Thursday, December 4th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm – drop by for a break and free samples of fair trade chocolate and coffee! Learn more on Facebook.

Reedcycler’s Believe it or Not: Revisiting Recycling Regulations

November 24th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

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This week’s Believe it or Not will take a look back at some of the dirtier moments in recycling’s history, including the exploitation of recycling laws, and one of the most pivotal moments in sustainability lawmaking.

The Love Canal: a recipe for disaster


Local residents protesting the Love Canal situation. Click to view larger.

One of the largest environmental disasters began with a plot of land being sold for $1.

Located in Niagara Falls, New York, the Love Canal was a dump site for Hooker Chemical containing 21,000 tons of toxic waste, until the Niagara Falls School Board purchased the land in order to build new schools, despite warnings from the company.

The toxic waste didn’t disappear however, and residents developed an alarmingly high number of health problems, including miscarriages and birth defects, receiving regular chemical burns, and even signs linked to leukemia.

The event later went on to form the basis of many superfund laws, which see to the safety of residents as well as the proper disposal of toxic materials.

Mob earns millions manipulating New Jersey recycling

Recycling is a business, and there are few who understand the intricacies of business as well as members of organized crime. It should come to little surprise to hear that 30 criminals found work in New Jersey in the waste industry, and have been manipulating it to rake in millions.

The control the criminals have is no big secret either. Frank Lemmo Jr. worked openly in the industry for years, all the while exploiting multiple loopholes in N.J.’s waste laws.

This post is part of the “Reedcycler’s Believe it or Not” blog series, which showcases weird waste-related stories. Tune in on Mondays each week for more.

Changes to CTS Route 1

November 21st, 2014 | Alaina Hawley

Beginning in September, Covallis Transit System Route C1 resumed service with some exciting changes and additional service. These changes were made to better service the needs of CTS riders and offer more runs to high traffic areas during high usage times. The service times remain unchanged from last year. However, for those runs the inbound direction will not go on Grant Ave and Kings Blvd but instead will take the same inbound route from Witham Hill Drive as the Route 1.

Also, three new runs were added under the name C1R (C1 Reverse). This route provides additional afternoon service between 3:35 and 5:55 pm to Monroe Ave, Witham Hill Dr, and Kings Blvd.

C1 and C1R Map

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Check out the new C1 and C1R and all the other free transit routes, like the late night service the Night Owl, that Corvallis Transit System offers on Corvallis

All of the routes stop at the Downtown Transit Center (DTC), located at SW 5th Street and Monroe Avenue. Other connecting bus services, like the Linn-Benton Loop, also stop at the DTC.  A public restroom at the DTC is open Monday – Saturday, 5 am – 2:30 am. Sensors in the restroom door automatically lock the door when detecting someone has entered the room.

There is NO bus service for CTS, Night Owl, or Philomath Connection on:

Sundays                         Labor Day

New Years Day          Thanksgiving Day

Memorial Day                Christmas Day

Independence Day For last minute closures and detours please see Service Alerts

“Giving Thanks” Sales at the OSUsed Store Saturday and Wednesday

November 20th, 2014 | Andrea Norris

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‘Tis the season to think about the things we are thankful for, and for the OSUsed Store, it is our wonderful customers! That is why we are hosting two Giving Thanks Sales on Saturday, 11/22, 9 am – 12 pm and Wednesday, 11/26, 12 pm – 3 pm.

At these sales customers will be invited to spin our prize wheel – land on a prize slot and you’ll win an OSUsed Store coupon or OSU prize item (prizes include frisbees, water bottles, notepad organizers, measuring spoon sets, can koozies, lanyards, two Beaver gift baskets and more)!

Available merchandise will include computers and computer accessories, furniture (desks, file cabinets, tables, chairs, bookcases, etc), office supplies, sporting goods, household items, bicycles and much more.

The OSUsed Store is located at 644 SW 13th Street in Corvallis (view on Google Maps). The store is operated by OSU Surplus Property and sells surplus equipment and material to departments on campus as well as members of the public during special public sales, in an effort to reduce landfill waste and keep money in the university.

While our public sales provide an opportunity for the general public to make personal purchases, departments are welcome to shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales.

See our other sale dates on our calendar. For more information, visit our OSUsed Store page or contact us.

Question of the Week: Holiday Food Scraps

November 19th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

ChicoBag-win-meTime for our Question of the Week!

The first person to provide a correct answer will win a reusable OSU ChicoBag, like the one pictured here.

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

Food waste made up 21% of all of the municipal solid waste disposed of at landfills in 2012. What is one way to avoid sending your holiday food scraps to the landfill?


Congratulations to Danielle for winning this week’s Question! Their answer to this week’s Question was “Compost.”

ALL food scraps may be put into the curbside Mixed Organics carts in Corvallis, including meat and dairy products. The mixed organics are then composted at the PRC in a time frame of 90 days.

Here are a few other ways to avoid wasting food during the holidays:

  • Use leftovers and trimmings to make stock for soup
  • Feed leftovers to animals, such as pets and livestock
  • Donate unopened perishables to local non-profits
  • Encourage guests to bring reusable tupperware so that they can take home leftovers