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Do Just One Thing: Grab a Growler (May 2018) (5/25/2018) - By Holly Hummel, RA Treasurer Bottle caps are my nemesis. They are everywhere and they are not recyclable, at least not in my world. Plastic bottle caps intended for the landfill often wind up in the ocean and in the stomachs of whales and turtles and other wildlife. I love kombucha, but the kind I Read More
BYOC Campaign awarded 2018 Green Grant from Rockwell Collins (4/25/2018) - For the 3rd year in a row, we have received a Green Communities Grant award from Rockwell Collins! We will be using the money to replenish the campaign materials we provide to residents and coffee shops as part of our BYOC campaign. 50 grants for a total of $82,500 were awarded in 2018, which brings Read More
Scrap the Cap, Tout the Spout! (4/25/2018) - By Nancy Mogielnicki, Guest Contributor After hearing Capt. Charles Moore (author of Plastic Ocean) talk about the Pacific Garbage Patch and the fact that bottle caps are the most numerous recognizable items in the gyre, I examined my buying habits and realized A.)  that I didn't discriminate between dairy/juice products with plastic caps and those with "old Read More
BYOC Campaign Expands to Clackamas County’s Wind Horse Coffee and Tea (4/24/2018) - Our Bring Your Own Cup (BYOC) campaign is now stretching out into Clackamas County. The first Clackamas County coffee shop to join the campaign is Wind Horse Coffee & Tea in Milwaukie. Wind Horse started participating in the campaign in February 2018. Staff have been in the habit of asking customers if they want their beverage for Read More
Recap of Volunteer Training at New Seasons (3/16/2018) - by Bonita Davis Recycling Advocates was very pleased to welcome new volunteers to the Bring Your Own Cup Campaign (BYOCC) on Saturday, March 10th at New Season’s Market at Seven Corners on SE Division. Coming from throughout the Metro region, twelve responded to the opportunity through the Master Recycling Program, or from a recent BYOCC tabling Read More
RA Board Member earns 1000 hours as a Master Recycler! (3/11/2018) -   Our very own board member, Bonita Davis, has earned over 1000 volunteer hours as a Master Recycler! What an amazing accomplishment!! Not only is she a dedicated volunteer and organizer for our BYOC campaign, but she has spread her passion and knowledge all over the community, such as: Writing articles for neighborhood newspapers Setting Read More
Hands-on Training and Outreach at New Seasons for BYOC Campaign – Volunteers Needed (2/13/2018) - Join Recycling Advocates on for a quick and fun training session on how to become part of the Bring Your Own Cup Campaign.   Be part of the team that visits coffee shops to learn what is being done to reduce waste created by the one-time-use white paper cup, through incentives to bring your own cup and Read More
Registration open for spring Master Recycler course in Clackamas County (2/13/2018) - Want to make a difference at work and in your community?  Learn from the experts. Connect with others.   The regional Master Recycler course is making its once-a-year visit to Clackamas County in spring 2018. The course is a hands-on opportunity to learn about recycling and waste reduction, providing knowledge to make an immediate positive difference Read More
Meetup group offers networking opportunities for recycling lovers (2/6/2018) - Do you want to talk about recycling, reuse, composting, sustainability or other random topics with other like minded people? There is a meetup group called "Portland Recycling and Sustainability Lovers" that you might want to check out. You can sign up for free to learn about upcoming happy hours, coffee get-togethers, events and workshops related Read More
New coffee shop in South Waterfront helps with BYOC campaign (1/21/2018) - A new coffee shop has begun participating in the Bring Your Own Cup (BYOC) campaign at the start of 2018. Oracle Coffee put up a BYOC reminder window cling on their store entrance, to help customers remember to bring in their cup BEFORE they get inside (or remind them for the next visit). They also Read More
PlanetCon 2018 in Hillsboro Deemed Successful Event (1/7/2018) - On Saturday, Jan 6th, a free community recycle and swap event was held in Hillsboro at Lincoln Elementary. About 250 residents attended, and they brought styrofoam (polystyrene code #6 to be recycled at Agilex), plastic films and bags (donated to TREX). They also encouraged residents to bring winter clothes donations (given to Family Promise), non-working Read More
What are the changes to container deposits for 2018 in Oregon? (1/4/2018) - Beginning January 1, 2018, all beverages EXCEPT distilled liquor, wine, dairy or plant-based milks, infant formula, and meal replacement beverages will have an Oregon refund value of 10 cents.   Without listing every options, some common types of beverages that will have a refund value include juice hard cider energy and sports drinks tea coffee Read More
GoBox PDX Reusable To-Go Container Business for Sale (1/4/2018) - Are you looking for an opportunity to own a sustainable, bike-based, award- winning, mission-driven, local Portland business? GO Box is an innovative service providing reusable takeout containers to food vendors and their customers. With conveniently located drop sites and a free mobile app, GO Box is a fast and easy alternative for busy people who Read More
What will our garbage and recycling system look like in 2030? (12/17/2017) - On December 7th, RA President Brion Hurley participated in the 2030 Regional Waste Plan, hosted by Metro. Metro is currently drafting the vision and goals for the garbage and recycling system in the year 2030, and is trying to get as many participants as possible. Attendees included other nonprofits, government agencies, waste management companies, city/county Read More
Recycling Forum at Woodstock New Seasons (11/16/2017) - By Donna Lomnicki, RA Volunteer I attended the first, of many, Recycling Forums at New Seasons Market on 45th and Woodstock. The new forum is the brain child of Estelle Morley, Assistant Operations Manager The idea of this forum surfaced with the announcement from China that they are drastically reducing the acceptable amount of contamination in the scrap Read More
Update on Recycling Changes (11/16/2017) - By Holly Hummel, RA Treasurer The recycling world is in turmoil over the changes prompted by China’s unwillingness to import what we call recycling and what they call trash. Many of us are what you might call “wishful” recyclers. As long as it went in the recycling, we felt like we were doing our part. The Read More
Accolades to Rob Guttridge (10/19/2017) - By Betty Patton, Past Board President Recycling Advocates has been in existence for 30 years now. For well over 25 years, probably more like 27 or 28, Rob Guttridge has been a board member of our organization. September 2017 marks the first time he will no longer serve in that capacity. He is, however, still Read More
Do Just One Thing: Try NextDoor.com (Oct 2017) (10/18/2017) - By Holly Hummel, RA Treasurer I joined NextDoor some time ago, and recently had a really wonderful experience that I’d like to share with you. I needed a car seat and a high chair. I considered doing to easy thing and buying these items but then took a chance and posted my wish list on NextDoor.com. Read More
Far West Do Just One Thing: Learn About Changes in Plastics Recycling at Far West Recycling (Sept 2017) (9/29/2017) - By Holly Hummel, RA Treasurer As you may have heard, Far West Recycling (FWR) put up a notice that they will no longer accept most plastics, except for #1 and #2 plastic bottles. Here's some background on why FWR and other recyclers are being forced to make these changes. In the past, the plastics collected Read More
Bottled water regulated for health, safety (9/24/2017) - According to the Container Recycling Institute 2013 data, Americans bought an estimated 42.6 billion plastic water bottles in sizes of one gallon or less in 2010. 72% of those bottles ended up in a landfill or incinerator, while hundreds of millions ended up as litter in our waterways. Here is a good overview article about bottled water, including: Read More
Do Just One Thing: Bring your own TO GO containers (Aug 2017) (8/23/2017) - by Holly Hummel Bring your own TO GO containers when you dine out and avoid using any single use containers. If our experience is any guide, your wait staff will love you for bringing your own leftover containers! Leftover containers offered by restaurants can be made from a combination of paper and plastic, plastic only, Read More
Annual Meeting Recycling Advocates Annual Meeting (8/3/2017) -   Join us at the Sierra Club offices on September 14th for our 2017 Annual Meeting and party. We'll have SNACKS from New Seasons, BEER from Double Mountain, WINE from Drink Think, and DOOR PRIZES from several local coffee shops including Caffe D'Arte, Papaccino's and Nectar Cafe. 6:30 PM - Check in and networking 7:00 PM - Program begins Guest speakers, AOR's Pete Read More
KPTV News KPTV News: “Oregon braces for trash ahead of solar eclipse”. (8/1/2017) - RA Board Member Rob Guttridge contributed to this news article about the extra trash likely to be generated by people heading to Oregon to watch the solar eclipse.  
Do Just One Thing: Moving? Don’t Ditch it, Donate it! (July 2017) (7/23/2017) - Given Portland’s sizzling hot housing market we’re betting that some of you are in the process of moving – or are at least contemplating it. Streamline your move by starting NOW sorting your stuff and finding good homes for items you don’t need. Leave it until the last minute and chances are you will either Read More
Do Just One Thing: Use GoodSearch and GoodShop (June 2017) (6/23/2017) - By Rhett Lawrence, RA Vice President We remind you pretty frequently in this newsletter about participating in easy fundraising efforts for Recycling Advocates, like GoodSearch, Amazon Smile, and the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program. I mean, if you can just buy the stuff you're already buying, not pay any more for it, and STILL have it raise Read More
AOR Sustainable Oregon 2017 Report from AOR Sustainable Oregon 2017 (6/21/2017) - By Bonita Davis, Recycling Advocates Volunteer Salishan Lodge on the central Oregon Coast was the site of Sustainable Oregon 2017 Conference, presented by the Association of Oregon Recyclers from June 7-9. Encouraged to attend by the board of Recycling Advocates, I learned the conference brings together diverse perspectives, shares current best practices, create networking opportunities Read More
BottleDrop Center New BottleDrop Center Opens in Beaverton (5/23/2017) - Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) opened the new Beaverton BottleDrop Redemption Center on May 16, at 9307 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway. It's fully staffed, open seven days a week from 9am to 6pm, and offers three ways to redeem Oregon deposit containers: BottleDrop Account - Pre-labeled bags can be filled with deposit containers at home and dropped Read More
Nectar Cafe Launches Reusable Mason Jar Program (4/7/2017) - Motivated by our Bring Your Own Cup campaign, Nectar Cafe has launched a reusable mason jar program. Simply pay $1 deposit to get your coffee in a reusable jar, and you can take it with you. Next time you return to the shop, bring the jar with you, and they'll exchange your jar with a Read More
Papaccino’s Coffee House See 50% Reduction In Cup Usage (4/7/2017) - by Donna Lomnicki This coffee shop certainly earns one of the top ranking for coffee cup reduction. As I look around the very inviting and comfy shop, about 90% of the patrons have reusable cups. I notice the "Bring Your Own Cup" literature on the counter, the bowl of BYOC buttons, and the smiling face Read More
OBRC and Double Mountain Brewery partner for recycled beer bottles (4/7/2017) - The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) has partnered with Double Mountain Brewery & Tap Room to pilot a program to refill beer bottles. Today, beer bottles are recycled by crushing, melting, and making bottles from the glass. The new process will be to clean and sanitize a modified 20 ounce beer bottle and return it Read More
MR Class 64 Congrats to Master Recycler Class 64! (4/5/2017) - Congratulations to recent Master Recycler graduates, including Recycling Advocates President Brion Hurley. Here's a photo of Class 64 from their tour of The Rebuilding Center (photo courtesy of Lauren Norris).  
Betty Patton SB 199: Extended Producer Responsibility for Household Hazardous Waste (2/17/2017) - On Thursday February 16, 2017, the Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources held an informational meeting on SB 199 followed by an initial hearing. This is the first step for this piece of legislation, and if passed, will implement an extended producer responsibility program for household hazardous waste products in the state. Recycling Read More
Responses to Willamette Week article about bottle bill deposit increase (2/7/2017) - In the February 1st edition of the Willamette Weekly, an article titled "Corporate Lobbyists Turned Oregon’s Iconic Bottle Bill Into a Sweet Payday For Their Clients" discussed the financial impact of the bottle bill increase from 5 cents to 10 cents on April 1st. In the article, it was mentioned that unclaimed deposits result in Read More
Clackamas County Master Recycler Program Accepting Applications (2/6/2017) - Curious about how recycling works? Learn from the experts. Share what you know.    The Clackamas County Master Recycler program is now accepting applications for their spring course beginning on March 29th. Registration is open now through March 8th.   Make a difference. Become a Master Recycler this spring. www.masterrecycler.org.
RA and AOR receive DEQ grant for Recycling 101 course update (1/22/2017) - Recycling Advocates was awarded a grant from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to assist in updating the Recycling 101 online course. RA is proud to be partnering with the Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR) and the DEQ to strengthen and expand the Recycling 101 class for all Oregonians. Recycling 101 is modeled after the Read More
Volunteers, Members and Friends Gathering: January 26th 2017 (12/20/2016) - Volunteers – are you ready to help reduce waste in your neighborhood? To reduce greenhouse gases? To help Recycling Advocates expand the BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup) campaign? There are various tasks we could use your help with as we roll out the campaign across the region. Let’s get together on Thursday January 26th, 2017 Read More
The Behavioral Economics of Recycling (12/20/2016) - This is an article "The Behavioral Economics of Recycling," recently published in the Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2016/10/the-behavioral-economics-of-recycling The author is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Questrom School of Business, Boston University. She and her colleague conducted research looking at behavioral bias in recycling and disposal habits. She found that people are more likely to recycle items that haven’t been distorted—like undented Read More
Recycling Advocates planning for future in 2017 (12/19/2016) - During my first few months of being president, I've gone back through some documents to get a better understanding of the history of RA. There is a long and rich history that has made a huge impact on the community. RA is a well-respected organization in the community and at the state level, and we Read More
Emphasis on writing names on Starbucks cups distracts from bigger problem (12/1/2016) - This letter was sent to the Oregonian/Oregonlive letter to the editor from Betty Patton, regarding a front page snippet on November 29th about people using the name "Trump" on their Starbucks coffee cups. I found it interesting, almost amusing that Starbucks’ coffee cups are being used by customers to irritate more progressive baristas by claiming Read More
After the election: Turning a negative into a positive (11/12/2016) - The presidential election was a shock to many of us. After some reflection over the past few days, I have a new outlook. As the new President of Recycling Advocates, I'd like to share that perspective with you as we start looking ahead to 2017 under a new political landscape. 1) We have momentum on Read More
Sunnyside Coffee Perks in Portland (11/10/2016) - Sunnyside (Portland) has great coffee shops!  Go ahead and sit and stay awhile….the aroma, creative spaces, artwork, comfy indoor and outdoor seating are inviting you to linger.  When you do, ask for a “cup for here” or “to stay” or “a ceramic mug, please,” or offer up your own travel cup (BYOC) and pass on Read More
Newsletter Archives (11/7/2016) - Did you miss an eNewsletter? You can read past issues on the website, you'll find them under Resources -> Newsletters.
Annual Volunteer Meeting scheduled for Jan 26th (11/5/2016) - Join us on Thursday January 26, 2017 for Recycling Advocates’ annual volunteer gathering! We will share updates on our BYOC campaign and strategize the next phase, and discuss volunteer opportunities over the next few months. Wine, beer and snacks will be provided. Save the date! More details will be posted soon.
Nectar Cafe first to join Coffee Cup Reduction Campaign (9/24/2016) - Thanks to Nectar Cafe PDX for joining the Bring Your Own Cup Campaign! Table tents have been delivered for display near the condiment station. Please support their great coffee bar and vegetarian/vegan food options in the Hollywood district in NE Portland. Close to the old theater, and behind the US Bank. I personally like the Read More
Annual Meeting Reminder: Recycling Advocates Annual Meeting on Sept 14, 2016 (8/23/2016) - Here's a reminder to RSVP for Recycling Advocates' Annual Meeting on September 14th at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. * Agenda coming soon, including Coffee Cup Reduction campaign updates * Meet our new board members. The event is free and open to all Recycling Advocates members and friends. What: Recycling Advocates Annual Meeting 2016 When: Read More
Mug Rooster provides coffee cups to RA for latest campaign (7/22/2016) - They’re here! Our awesome stainless steel coffee cups with our logo have arrived! The cups are sponsored by our friends at Rooster! They ordered 96 cups for us to give out at tabling events. They also updated our logo into a vector-format, to make it better for printing on the cups. Rooster is a website Read More
Oregon Bottle Bill pioneer Don Waggoner dies at 81 (7/12/2016) - As a husband, businessman, volunteer and activist, Don Waggoner was renowned for his broad range of work -- from pioneering the nation's first "bottle bill" to saving a community center in Northeast Portland. But his friends, colleagues and loved ones say that his generosity and modesty will be remembered above all else. Waggoner died at Read More
New website launched (4/3/2016) - The updated website is now live as of April 3rd. We changed the site to a new platform, that will make it easier to update, and will allow for more functionality. The key enhancements of the site are: Coffee cup reduction campaign Pledge to reduce coffee cup usage Recent news/posts Other ways to help RA Read More
Shopping at Amazon helps Recycling Advocates (3/12/2016) - When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as the regular Amazon.com website, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. There is no cost to you! You can now select Recycling Advocates as Read More
“Choose to Reuse” selected as campaign slogan for coffee cup reduction (3/8/2016) - A slogan has been selected at the March Board of Directors meeting for the latest campaign, reducing the number of disposable (single use) coffee cups. "Choose to Reuse" was selected over other popular slogans for the following reasons: Generic enough that it could be used for different campaigns in the future Was more positive than Read More
Donate to RA for free using your Fred Meyer Rewards card (3/8/2016) - Recycling Advocates is now listed in the Community Rewards program at Fred Meyer. Whenever you use your Rewards Card when shopping at Freddy’s, you will be helping us earn a donation. Follow these instructions to select Recycling Advocates, and link it to your Rewards Card. The best part, there is no cost to you! Learn more Read More
RA responds to proposed incineration of Metro’s solid waste (2/29/2016) - RA has formerly responded to Metro about their proposed talks with other recycling option companies, specifically garbage incineration company Covanta (Brooks, OR). Recycling Advocates is opposed to the possibility of sending our region’s solid waste to the incinerator in Brooks, Oregon. While we have some concerns about potential emissions and air quality issues, Recycling Advocates’ Read More
New Board of Directors Announced (10/8/2015) - Recycling Advocates is delighted to announce that Holly Hummel, Brion Hurley and Mark Buchweitz have joined Recycling Advocates' Board of Directors.
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