Waste Prevention

Saving Our Earth

Reduce household waste by reusing and recycling smart to help protect natural resources.






Oregon State University Campus Recycling sponsors the Master Recyclers class; this eight week course covers information on waste reduction.

Republic Services Recycling Guide has easy guidelines to help categorize recycling materials based upon what they are made of and how to properly recycle them.

The ReUse Directory guide to all of the organizations and businesses in Corvallis and Philomath that accept items for reuse.

Reuse Locations that accept furniture, building materials, appliances, clothing, etc.


Oregon State University Campus Recycling How to Recycle It at OSU guide details how special recyclables are to be disposed of on campus, such as electronics, ink cartridges, styrofoam, batteries, and compost.

Republic Services Corvallis Waste & Recycling Services provides information on disposal and recycling of yard and household waste, recycling electronics, as well as compactor and dumpster rentals.

Republic Services has a Rethink the way you recycle! guide that explains what goes in commingled recycling for paper, metals, and plastics, and describes what products need to be separated.

Saving Our Earth: Video - Waste Reduction Education Action Committee (WREAC), February 2011. This video is an introduction to recycling, how to recycle paper, aluminum, plastic, steel, and glass, and why it is important. Run time 13:31.

Resources- Where to Take Your Reusable Materials

Oregon State University recycles or transfers excess property back to OSU departments, state and local governments, and qualified nonprofit organizations through the OSUsed Store. After a period of time, the surplus property is offered for sale to the general public.

Oregon State University Folk Club Thrift Shop is run by volunteers, and benefits people who consign their goods, customers who shop there, OSU students who receive scholarships, people served by the many Benton County agencies and organizations that receive grants from the profits, and OSU Folk Club members who work there and make it all possible.

The Arc provides services as needed to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and takes donations of clean clothing, shoes, houseware items, linens, games, appliances, electronics, bicycles, wheelchairs, office supplies, decorations, and more.

Serving Linn, Benton, and surrounding counties, the Benton Furniture Share is a non-profit organization that collects used furniture and distributes at no cost to families and individuals in need.

Benton Habitat for Humanity has been bringing people together to make decent homes for everyone in the community, this community based non-profit organization welcomes all volunteers to help build, renovate, and repair affordable houses and shelters.

The Book Bin is a locally owned, family operated business selling and buying books.

Center Against Rape & Domestic Violence (CARDV) takes donations of new and unopened donation items such as personal care, household, children, office supplies, and other miscellaneous items to give.

Corvallis Bicycle Collective non-profit organization comprised of volunteers helps put bikes under people, and teach them about the maintenance, repairs, safety, and sustainable transportation of their bicycle.

Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

The local waste and recycling services, Republic Services provides information on waste reduction as well as dumpster and compactor rentals.

Waste Prevention Action Team through Corvallis Sustainability Coalition has started a Recycling Block Captain program, update and distribute the Corvallis-Area ReUse Directory, and are working with other organizations in the community.

Community Outreach has been providing for the basic human needs of the Mid-Willamette Valley's homeless and poor- stabilizing those in crisis, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, healing the sick, and counseling the mentally ill and substance addicted.

Community Services Consortium offers food and housing services and training to community members.

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