1972: Recycling Hotline

#DYK Before there was curbside recycling in #Oregon, you had to call a hotline to find out where to take your stuff? #TBT In 1972, Oregon Environmental Council created the state’s first recycling hotline. We wanted to help #Portland residents figure out how and where to recycle their materials. At the time, Oregon had just passed the Bottle Bill, but there were no city recycling programs (yet…). One year after we started the recycling hotline, we handed the switchboard over to Oregon DEQ, and eventually @oregonmetro where today you can call 503-234-3000 and talk to a real human about your recycling, disposal and waste prevention questions. Monday through Saturday, 8:30am – 5pm. Photo from @tonyhreports Selected by @sotauch — Every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to our 50th Anniversary Celebration in October, we will be sharing some of our greatest accomplishments to date, all of which were achieved by a group of ordinary #Oregonians working together over the last half-century. They championed landmark legislative policies that have transformed the health of our communities and helped spark a ripple of change across the nation. Join us as we celebrate 50 years of #LovingOregon, visit our profile for more info!

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