Friday, February 9, 2018

Bags on bags on bags

Where to recycle those plastic bags

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 5:15 PM

My big bag of plastic bags. For shame.
  • My big bag of plastic bags. For shame.

I try to be kind to our environment. I don't wash my car, sort my recycling like a good American and do my best to avoid using disposable grocery bags while shopping at the store.

“Do my best” is the key phrase here.

I’m only human, unfortunately, and a very forgetful human at that. While I have my reusable totes on hand quite often, there are times when I show up empty handed and end up leaving the store feeling guilty (about more than the impulse candy bar buy at checkout). 

Between the holidays and a full schedule, my plastic bag reserve has grown quite large over the past several months.

They are useful as trash bags and packing material, but I can only get so creative with ways to reuse plastic bags. My boyfriend’s mother loves when we bring her a fresh crop when we visit her at her home near Los Angeles (where, to her dismay, they've banned single-use plastic bags).

If you’re in the same boat, don’t throw them in your dumpster in the dead of night (these little guys cause a lot of trouble for sorting facilities and landfills when floating around loosey-goosey) and definitely don’t throw them in your curbside recycling bin. Plastic bags can’t be processed at sorting facilities and often damage equipment, so don’t recycle your recyclables in plastic bags either.

Instead, many stores in town have drop off receptacles where you can offload your single-use plastic bags. They can be recycled into bags and containers as well as composite lumber for decks or playgrounds.

Of course, this recycling single-use plastic bags isn't the ideal. We should all be doing our best to reduce our waste. After all, it is "reduce, reuse, recycle"— in that order.

A few drop off locations for plastic bags:

Albertsons - 61155 S Hwy 97 Bend, OR
Walmart Supercenter - 20120 Pinebrook Blvd BEND, OR
Fred Meyer - 61535 South Highway 97 Bend, OR
Whole Foods Market - 2610 NE Hwy 20 Bend, OR
Target - 63435 N Hwy 97 Bend, OR
Lowe’s - 20501 Cooley Rd Bend, OR

You can find more at recycling drop off locations at

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Beer in the can? Yes!

Deschutes gets on board with the aluminum revolution

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 10:41 AM

Deschutes, it's better in the can!
  • Deschutes, it's better in the can!

Let’s face it, 12 ounce bottled beers are an antiquated pain in the ass. Who wants to be 6 miles into an overnight cross-country ski trip and have your liquid rewards shift in your pack, stabbing you in the ribs for the next two hours?! And dropping one on the ground…good luck avoiding the laceration.

At the same time, old canned beer tasted like, well, crap. The first cans of beer were made from heavy gauge steel—go poke around in the old logging areas south of town and you may find one—and required a special tool to open. And what hit your lips tasted like licking the inside of a 50-gallon barrel, not the delicious—hoppy or not, depending on personal preference—nectar Benditos are accustomed to.

Many of our local breweries have canned their retail beers for years. Ironically, our very first brewery is now on board with the aluminum revolution. Starting later this month, Deschutes Brewery is piping its Mirror Pond, Pacific Wonderland and Fresh Squeezed IPA into lightweight cans.

“I think we may be the last brewery to put beer in cans, but hey, when you’re focus is all about making the beer damn tasty, new packaging may take a little longer,” said Michael LaLonde, president and CEO of Deschutes Brewery.

Some of the big players around Bend who currently can their products are: Silver Moon, GoodLife, Worthy, Crux, 10 Barrel and Three Creeks.

Deschutes is holding a can release celebration next weekend, if you're curious about how their beer tastes from a can.

Brew Bash 5000
Sat, Feb. 17, 5-9pm
Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House
1044 NW Bond Street, Bend

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