Help local students by recycling

Every year on or around Nov. 15 (America Recycles Day), millions of people turn out to participate in recycling events held throughout the nation. Tillamook County is no exception.

KAB_IRecycleThe Tillamook County Board of Commissioners proclaimed Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 as “America Recycles Day” and the Week of November 13-19, 2016 as “Recycling Awareness Week” in Tillamook County. In the same resolution the commissioners also encourage all citizens to join in the observance of “America Recycles Day” and “Recycling Awareness Week” by educating themselves about recycling options in Tillamook County, committing to recycle more materials and purchasing recycled products.

In support of this resolution, Tillamook County Solid Waste has challenged Tillamook County schools to collect plastic films and Styrofoam with a reward of earning garden beds for their schools. Requirements are only that the plastic films be clean and bagged-in-bags and the Styrofoam must be the white, bulky, hard, kind. (Visit our website or the school for a list of acceptable materials). Seven schools have accepted the challenge.

If you want to help local students earn new garden beds for their schools, or if you just have plastic films or Styrofoam you would like to donate to these hard working students, please give it to one of the following schools before November 15: Neskowin Valley School, Nestucca Valley Early Learning Center, Nestucca Valley Jr/Sr High, Tillamook Headstart, South Prairie, East Elementary and Tillamook Jr. High.

The Solid Waste Department is also sponsoring an “I like to recycle because…” calendar contest for County students grades Pre-K to 3rd.  All public school, homeschool, private school and individual students are encouraged to enter. Winners of this competition earn public recognition, gift certificates and will also be featured in the special 2017 Solid Waste calendar publications throughout the year in the Headlight-Herald. The deadline for this contest has been extended to November 15th.

For more information about America Recycles Day visit

To learn more about what Tillamook County is doing, contact Sue Owens at 503.842.3419 x 3104 or email at

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