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Waste Matters Radio Show
Marion County Environmental Services is currently hosting a half hour radio show,
Waste Matters: On the Air,
every other Thursday at 1 pm to educate and engage residents on issues surrounding waste and how to prevent it.
Tune into KMUZ 88.5 FM in the South Salem/Turner area or listen live on
or with the TuneIn radio app for smart phones and tablets.
A preview of each show will be featured on our
the morning of each broadcast.
Live links below will allow you to listen or download past shows. We welcome your feedback at
Join Alan Pennington and guest Stephanie Hoy from Spring Valley Dairy to discuss how the dairy has reduced waste generation, their employee-led Green Team, and the ways they have become more sustainable and diminished their carbon footprint through the EarthWISE program.
HOPE team from Forest Ridge Elementary
January 29, 2015.mp3
Join us for a very special Waste Matters with Laurie Aguirre the Second Grade Teacher and Environmental Coordinator at Forest Ridge Elementary along with six students from their HOPE team. The students will school us about the 3Rs, water conservation, and worm composting.
The Green Auto Repair Scene
January 15, 2015.mp3
How green is the auto repair scene? Join host Alan Pennington as he chats with Bob Anderson, co-owner of AJ's Auto Repair, to find out all the ways the auto world can green up the repair side of life through reuse and recycling.
Green Year's Resolutions
January 1, 2015.mp3
Now's the time to reflect on the past and start implementing sustainable practices in 2015. The Waste Reduction Coordinators Griselda, Bailey, Alan, and Jessica share their New Year's resolutions as well as tips that work for them and their family.
North Marion Ash and Metal Recovery
December 18, 2014.mp3
You may know all about how your garbage gets incinerated and turned into energy in Brooks, but do you know what happens to that leftover, non-combustible 10% portion that remains as ash? Don Alexander, a Marion County Public Works civil engineer, will fill us in on where it goes, what's still in it, and what treasures we might find.
Oregon Green Schools Association
December 04, 2014.mp3
Laurel Bates, Bailey Payne,
Jana Everitt, and Nicole Schnurbusch (phew, that's a lot of guests!) from
Oregon Green Schools discuss how schools in Oregon are making a difference to recycle, reduce waste, save energy and conserve water. Visit
Oregon Green Schools
for more information
Food: Too Good to Waste
November 20, 2014
Let's talk turkey! Ashley Zanolli from the EPA chats about how we can implement systems in our own homes to reduce food waste. To learn more about the Food: Too Good to Waste program visit:
Restaurant and Hotel Waste Reduction
November 6, 2014
Sherry Miotke of Bentley’s Grill and Kristi Reed of The Grand Hotel in Salem join host Alan Pennington to discuss the ways these two EarthWISE businesses strive to be the greenest they can be.
Commercial Composting Efforts in the Salem Community
October 23, 2014.mp3
Art Kuenzi of Suburban Garbage and Griselda Puga of Marion County discuss commercial, residential, and Salem-Keizer School District composting of food wastes.
Ups and Downs of Commercial Sorting and Handling of Recycled Materials
October 9, 2014.mp3
Pete Grell, recycling wizard for Garten Services, gives us the scoop on the how and why of sorting recycled goods after businesses and residents place these items in their blue bins.
Creative Reuse of Old Wood
September 25, 2014.mp3
Bruce Wadleigh, founder of Barnwood Naturals, shares the ins and outs of how his company turns old barnwood into new products.
Household Hazardous Waste
September 11, 2014
Host Beth Myers-Shenai, a waste reduction coordinator with Marion County, chats with guest Jeff Bickford, Marion County’s Environmental Services Division Supervisor, to learn how the county deals with hazardous wastes.
August 28, 2014
Guest: Tyson Keever, SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel
August 14, 2014
Guest Jane Poznar, Site Manager for Pringle Creek Community, fills us in on Pringle Creek’s sustainability efforts through establishing the Mid-Valley’s first truly green community.
Sustainability in Higher Education
July 31, 2014
Guest Joe Abraham, Director of the
Willamette University Sustainability Institute
talks about ways Willamette University is working to lessen its environmental footprint.
July 17, 2014
Topic: Curbside Recycling
Guest Todd Irvine, General Manager of the
Mid-Valley Garbage and Recycling Association
delves into everything you wanted to know about curbside recycling.
July 3, 2014
Guest Laurice Riddell, organizer of
Cherry City Food Swappers
walks us through a typical food swapping event, and gives tips for participating in one.
Sustainability in Correctional Institutions
June 19, 2014
Guest Chad Naugle, sustainability coordinator for Oregon Department of Corrections, discusses how State of Oregon correctional facilities are focusing on sustainability to help the environment, their bottom line and their adults in custody gain green job skills.
Reclaimed Building Materials
June 5, 2014
Topic: Reclaimed Building Materials
Guest Rich Jacobson, Director of the Mid-Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore, discusses how the ReStore helps divert usable building materials from the waste stream to support their mission to build affordable homes for those in need.
May 22, 2014
Topic: Food Recovery
Guest Rick Gaupo, President and CEO of Marion Polk Food Share, discusses how MPFS is capturing extra food before it becomes waste and getting it to those most in need.
May 8, 2014
Guest Bonnie White, composting expert, discusses the basics of getting started with a backyard compost pile to help reduce kitchen and yard waste and create great home-produced fertilizer for your garden.
EarthWISE Certification Program
April 24, 2014
Guest Alan Pennington, Waste Reduction Coordinator with Marion County Environmental Services, discusses Marion County’s EarthWISE certification program which recognizes businesses that demonstrate sustainable practices in waste reduction, recycling, water conservation and energy conservation.
Earth Day Fair
April 10, 2014
Guest Rachel Elmer with the Oregon Garden previews what is in store for this year’s Earth Day Fair on Saturday April 19th.
DEQ Vision 2050 for Materials Management
March 27, 2014
Guest David Allaway, Senior Policy Analyst with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, describes the Vision 2050 plan for how waste and other materials will be managed in the future which includes much more emphasis on the “upstream” processes where materials are harvested, manufactured, transported, etc.
March 13, 2014
Guests Jessica Ramey and Carlee Wright with DIY Studio discuss the fast-expanding world of creative reuse, also known as “upcycling”, where ordinary discards (trash or recyclables) are turned into fabulous new art, jewelry, furniture…you name it!
Why Does Waste Matter?
February 27, 2014
Guest Bailey Payne, a waste reduction coordinator with Marion County Environmental Services, discusses the impacts waste has on our planet and its people.
Mid-Valley Green Awards
February 13, 2014
Guest Michelle Cordova, Executive Director of the Straub Environmental Center, highlights nominees and the schedule for the 2014 Mid-Valley Green Awards.
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