If you'd like to get involved with one of these campaigns as a team member or part-time volunteer, then contact one of the leads of that campaign from our Board page or the specific Campaign page listed above.
In September we had a great gathering at Floyd's Old Town Coffee Shop and had very supportive attendance of over 50 people! Thank you for all who joined us!
As a result of that awesome turnout, we were able to recruit new members who donated, as well as new board members! THANKS TO ALL!
We also had three guest speakers who talked about their experiences in the arena of reuse and reduction of waste. If you did not attend you can view the video of our speakers here. We want to give a shout out and thanks to these female-led enterprises that are truly making a difference!
We also heard about Plastic Upcycling efforts on the Oregon coast, and the Recycling Receipt
PS. If you know of an enterprise that deserves a spotlight for their work in reducing waste in our region, please forward your thoughts to email@example.com so we can share amongst readers of this newsletter! Thanks!
PS - if you have Topics of Interest you want to share with links, please forward to info@recyclingadvocates and we will share with readers on this newsletter Thank you!
An Introduction to Plastic Roads
by Scott Rosin, RA Board Member-At-Large
The route to joining RA has been circuitous and somewhat unexpected, and similar to the creation of Plastics Up-Cycling, a fledgling organization created by Katharine Valentino and myself within the last few months. We served for almost a year as Chair and Co-Chair of the Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, motivated to address the current growing dire plastic pollution problem. After considerable research and identifying one large-scale solution to be the incorporation of most types of plastic into asphalt paving, we quickly found that the sequence of steps necessary to accomplish diverting most forms of this waste would entail much more than simply encouraging waste management companies to collect and shred it, and asphalt companies to add it to the mix.
We had discovered an existing company in Scotland that created a proprietary catalyst or “activator” that chemically binds the molecules of waste plastic and bitumen into a combination that obviates the problem of the plastic leaching into the ground. A mile of road utilizes the equivalent of 1.1 million plastic bottles and would lessen the pressure on landfills considerably. The company, Macrebur Plastic Roads has been involved in paving projects around the world since 2003. The material results in roads that fracture less and last longer than conventional asphalt pavement. Trials in the USA are currently ongoing at sites in New Jersey, Georgia, North Carolina, and California.
We soon discovered that the Surfrider Foundation would not sponsor any plastic pollution effort other than those involving source reduction. And also for ODOT to allow this substance to be utilized it would have to be tested by an independent lab at a cost of about $70,000-$100,000. The good news was that such a lab exists at Oregon State University and agreed to run the tests if we could raise the money. More good news was that the DEQ had materials grants available in the amount of $600,000. Katharine and I resigned from Surfrider Foundation and began searching for a 501c3 that would sponsor our project, one of many requirements. We found Recycling Advocates and I committed to serving on the board of directors. The grant application was due at the DEQ on October 4, and we managed to submit it on October 3.
Unfortunately, we were not one of the grant awardees this year. But we have other opportunities for grants and fundraising to pursue.
Alexander Scott Rosin
Recycling Advocates Board Member | Plastic Up-Cycling Co-Lead
recyclingadvocates.org | plasticupcycling.org | facebook.com/plasticupcycling/
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