Eco-friendly practices

FILE - In this July 31, 2015 file photo, Michael Swadberg turns in bottles at a Bottledrop Oregon Redemption Center in Gresham, Ore. Oregon was the first state in the nation to give 5-cent refunds for recycling used water bottles and soda cans more than 45 years ago. Now, in an effort to boost recycling, this eco-trailblazing state is doubling that refund. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
April 01, 2017 - 3:13 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's first-in-the-nation bottle recycling program will now double the payout for used soda cans and glass bottles, and frugal residents have been stockpiling for months in anticipation. With other recycling options now commonplace, this eco-trailblazing Pacific Northwest...
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FILE - In this July 31, 2015 file photo, Michael Swadberg turns in bottles at a Bottledrop Oregon Redemption Center in Gresham, Ore. Oregon was the first state in the nation to give 5-cent refunds for recycling used water bottles and soda cans more than 45 years ago. Now, in an effort to boost recycling, this eco-trailblazing state is doubling that refund. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
March 31, 2017 - 4:12 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon was the first state in the nation to give 5-cent refunds for recycling used soda cans and glass bottles more than 45 years ago. Today, with other recycling options now commonplace, this eco-trailblazing Pacific Northwest state is hoping to revamp the program by doubling...
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March 07, 2017 - 9:01 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A sweet, nutty-tasting new grain called Kernza is getting a big boost from General Mills. The giant food company is intrigued by the potentially big environmental benefits of a drought-resistant crop with long roots that doesn't need to be replanted every year. General Mills is...
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In this Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 photo, uneaten food that students have donated sits on a table where it can be shared with classmates at James H. Moran Middle School in Wallingford, Conn. School officials there are criticizing a state policy change that restricts sharing of some uneaten food items. (AP Photo/Michael Melia)
March 01, 2017 - 10:40 am
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Those lessons about sharing? At lunchtime in Connecticut schools, they come with an asterisk. School officials in a Connecticut town are criticizing new restrictions on lunchroom "share tables," which encourage students to donate uneaten food for any classmates who may be...
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