RE-THINK: What’s Coming Up

An Information Source for
Reducing /Reusing/Recycling and Beyond
April 2011


10th Annual Rogue Valley Earth Day:
Now that spring has sprung there is more coming up than just daffodils and crocus. There are lots of events coming up in the Rogue Valley and this is just the start of the season. And what better way to kick it off than to attend the 10th annual Rogue Valley Earth Day, “Sowing Seeds of Stewardship.” This will get us outdoors to enjoy the weather, the magic of spring, learn more about conservation and have lots of FUN!

This event will be held at:
Science Works Museum
1500 Main St. Ashland
Saturday, April 23rd
11am- 4pm
Admission: Free

Visit over 70 exhibits to learn about solid waste reduction, local food and farms, energy conservation and much more. Enjoy live entertainment and activities throughout the day. There is also a free shuttle to the event. For more information go to This event has lots of useful information, it gets us thinking about ways in which we can “re-think” our choices and practices, and it’s just plain fun.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day:
Do you have cleaning supplies, pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, light ballasts, batteries, swimming pool chemicals or mercury thermometers that are no longer needed? Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is an upcoming annual event where you can bring them for a safe, responsible disposal. For a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items go to

The event will take place at:
Rogue Disposal Transfer and Recycling
8001 Table Rock Road
White City OR
May 6th and May 7th
8am to 4pm
Admission: $5 fee per car

This event is hosted by Rogue Disposal and co-sponsored by Recology Ashland Sanitary and Southern Oregon Sanitation. It provides a valuable service to Rogue Valley residents.

One important note: with the advent of the Oregon Paint Care program, paint will no longer be accepted at this event. For more information regarding retailers who participate in this program and will accept unused paint year round go to:

Free Shred Day

This event will take place at:
South Valley Bank & Trust
116 W. Valley View Road
Talent, OR
Monday, April 18th
1:00 PM – 3:00PM
Cost: Free

Free Shred Day is sponsored by South Valley Bank & Rogue Shred to safely destroy personal documents. 3 boxes – 100 lb limit. For more information call: 541.535.6149

You’re doing a great job!
The amount of Ashland’s and Talent’s waste (in tons*) that has been diverted from landfills and has been recycled responsibly. Ready for the list?

Electronics: 94 tons/ Compact Fluorescent bulbs and tubes: 2 tons/ Ink Jet toners and cell phones: .4 tons/ Plastic Round-Up (another upcoming great event): 12.5 tons/ Commingle Recycling: 2,486 tons/ Glass:831 tons/ Cardboard:1,087 tons/ Soft film and plastic bags: 31 tons/ Mixed Metal:237 tons/ Lead Acid Batteries: 4 tons/ Used Motor Oil: 16 tons/ Tires: 14 tons/ Biomass:1008 tons/ Green Debris, Leaves and commercial compost: 2,307 tons/ Appliances: 71 tons

That’s a LOT of tonnage diverted from landfills !!
—– * Note: a ton is equal to 2,000 pounds!

In addition, last year, Jackson County exceeded its diversion percentage goal of 40% for the first time ever! Great Job!

Carla DiFabion, Master Recycler 2010