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Just one can of garbage a year? Metro recycling expert Betty Shelley does it. From Betty’s sustainability secrets to easy steps for curbing junk mail, discover ways to step up your green game with these special features and seasonal tips.

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Say no to junk mail

An average of 675 pieces of junk mail end up in every mailbox each year, totaling a whopping four million tons nationwide. You'll save trees - and time - by following these easy steps to reducing junk mail.More

Too many phone books?

If you receive more phone books than you need, here are recommendations for keeping unwanted directories from hitting your doorstep. More

How low can your garbage go?

Recycling hotline operator Betty Shelley and her husband Jon only create one can of garbage a year. How do they do it? Follow Betty's simple advice and find out how low your garbage can go! More

Back to school shopping

After the holiday season, back-to-school is the busiest shopping season of the year. Here are some tips for saving money and helping the environment. More

GLEAN: Make art not landfill

GLEAN, an environmental arts and education program managed by Cracked Pots in partnership with Metro and Recology, prompts people to think about what they can do to make art, not landfill. More

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Remember the bag
Going shopping? Don't forget your reusable bags in the trunk! Worldwide, billions of plastic bags end up as litter each year. Reusing durable, permanent bags reduces waste and conserves natural resources. Call Metro Recycling Information at 503-234-3000 to request a free "got bag?" window cling for your car.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Got a garage full of leftover plastic plant pots? Wondering where to take those old tires? Learn what, where and how to recycle in the Portland metropolitan area with Metro's free Reduce, Reuse, Recycle guide. Call Metro Recycling Information at 503-234-3000 for a free copy. Download

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