Need something repaired? Take it to the Fix-it Fair! Saturday, 2/29. Read on for more details!

Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter

February 2020 |

Engaging people in creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.


Message from Board President, Brion Hurley
Attend the Fix-It Fair on Saturday, 2/29
Green Business Resources
Plastic Upcycling and Plastic Roads Initiative Update
Overlooked Funding Options For RA! 
 BYOC Campaign: News From Other Places 
Message From Brion Hurley, RA Board President 

Hello Everyone!
As our new campaigns become more formalized, the excitement during our recent board meetings has been so motivating! 
Each of our new campaigns are at different levels of maturity, so make sure you read these monthly newsletter updates for the latest updates, along with requests to get more involved. You can also learn more about our latest campaigns at

If you know someone who might be interested in any RA activities, please share our website with them!  Thank you!  

Fix-It Fairs and RepairPDX are So Cool!  by RA Community Resource Manager, Denise Slattery

If you have not been to a Fix-It Fair yet this year then, by all means, please go on Saturday, February 29 at Floyd Light Middle School from 9:30 to 2:30 pm.  Fix-it Fairs are FREE City of Portland neighborhood events held once per month in Nov., Jan., and February. At the Fix-It Fair, you can connect with experts from all over the region to learn simple ways to save money, from energy-saving programs, to how to grow food in your own backyard, to very smart tools on how to stay healthy all year long.  There are so many wonderful people tabling this event!  Free workshops, lots of free information, free lunch and childcare too!  It's amazing. And of course, please stop by the Recycling Advocates table and pick up RA news and info from two board members who will be on hand that day - Alaina Labak and Michael Fredenthal.  For more information and directions to the next Fix-it Fair please go HERE

Attached to the Fix-it Fair, and in the same location, is the amazing Repair Cafe event, run by RepairPDX.  It's brilliant to have this resource available to anyone that needs something fixed!  Bring your clothing or textiles for mending, bikes, small appliances, and more for repair.  The very smart repair volunteers will be happy to take on your repair and walk you through how it's done...all FREE of charge!  I have been volunteering for Repair Cafe's for a while now, as a sewist, and I will tell you that this is the most rewarding work I have done as a Master Recycler!  The Repair Cafe event hours are shorter than the Fix-It Fair so take note of that: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  For more information about RepairPDX, please go HERE
Supporting Green Businesses in Portland Metro - by Brittney Wendell, RA Board Member-at-Large 
Are the businesses you frequent sustainable? Is your auto mechanic reducing waste and using the safest chemicals possible? How about your landscaper, or your laundromat, or favorite café?

As consumers, it’s often difficult to determine how sustainable a business is without asking numerous questions (cue Portlandia episode: “Did this chicken on your menu have a lot of chicken friends?”).  As thoughtful consumers, our research is made easier by looking for businesses and products that are certified through reputable third parties. The following links are a handful of certifications that have already asked the important questions for us. Click for info.  

EcoBiz Certification for automotive businesses and landscapers in Oregon.
City of Portland Sustainability at Work
City of Gresham Green Business Program
Washington County Green Business Leaders
Clackamas County Leaders in Sustainability

Here’s a Really Easy Funding Option For RA That You Might Have Overlooked!

Let's not leave good fundraising $$ on the table when you shop!  If you shop at Fred Meyer or Amazon you can select Recycling Advocates as the beneficiary of their corporate giving programs.  It might seem incremental - but it really adds up for us!  If we can increase the number of households who shop at Fred Meyer and select RA by even 50% that could provide an additional $50 a month to our organization.  Take a minute and get on board with this.  If you are already allocating your Freddie, Amazon, or GoodSearch contributions elsewhere - no worries! We are simply glad these programs are being tapped by our supporters either way.  We probably sound like a broken record on this one...but we do thank you for your efforts!  
Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program
Amazon Smile Rewards Program 
GoodSearch & GoodShop Program

Plastic Roads Is Fundraising!  
Plastic Roads recently announced an important fundraising campaign and needs your donations!   Katharine Valentino,  RA member and Co-Founder of Plastic UpCycing Oregon, answers questions:  

Who's behind this grassroots effort?
We are Plastic Up-Cycling Oregon, an organization founded by a small group of people who saw a need to minimize plastic waste through local projects. We enlisted the support of Recycling Advocates, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and are working together with Recycling Advocates to bring non-leaching roads with plastic content to Oregon.

What is the goal of the campaign?
The goal is to raise the funds necessary for the required independent laboratory testing of the plastic road materials used by MacRebur, the preferred vendor who will lay the road.  

Who paves the roads?
ODOT does not itself pave roads. ODOT contracts with asphalt producers/road builders. 

Why is testing required? 
ODOT mandates testing for roads it is responsible for. Successful test results would seem to be inevitable since plastic roads have proved to be successful in Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Indonesia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and trial roads in several states in the U.S.

Why are you doing this; why isn’t someone else?
Each state has different rules for road-building standards, and since we are in dire need of a viable and local solution to our plastic problem, we are doing our part to pave the way for this more environmentally friendly road-building process.  Making people aware of how we can end the plastic waste stream in Oregon is something we are passionate about. 

What's next? 
We are also working to get a pilot project going. Private-access roads, for example, can be built and repaired without ODOT involvement, and our next to-do item is to identify a project for a pilot. MacRebur's U.S. rep has agreed to work with whoever wants to build or repair such a road or even a driveway.  

I want to read more.  Where can I get info?
Plastic Roads Oregon
MacRebur - The Plastic Road Company

Questions? Please email the Plastic Roads team at 
Bring Your Own Cup Campaign: And Now For News From Other Places....
People all over the world are finding ways to rid themselves of the single-use cup habit and now coffee drinkers in Germany have coffee grounds to help them out.  Here's a piece of news about an innovative designer in Berlin who found a way to press coffee grounds into reusable coffee cups!  Enjoy this read - perhaps over a cup of coffee? 

The Kaffeeform Story 


Do you have news about people, either local or from other places, who are making innovations to reduce the use of single containers in their communities?  Share your story at and we will share it in a newsletter!  

Become a member of Recycling Advocates and help us continue to spread the word about waste prevention.  

Ways to Contribute:

  • By Mail: print and complete our Membership Form, mail it with your check to PO Box 6736, Portland, OR 97228-6736.
  • Visit our Website's Membership page
  • PayPal: use the button below to donate via PayPal using your credit card, bank account, or Paypal balance. 

Membership Levels 
Advocate $25 - Friend $50 - Supporter $100 - Sustainer $250
Gifts of any amount gratefully received.

Join at "Friend" level or above to be eligible to receive a Recycling Advocates/Rooster reusable coffee cup.

We thank you for your passion, support and commitment to protecting Oregon’s environment! 
Use Your Bottle Drop Account to Donate to Recycling Advocates 

Recycling Advocates is one of the dozens of non-profits and charities that you can allocate your Bottle Drop funds towards.  You can do this by simply logging into your account and clicking the Give tab.  We also have BLUE bags pre-tagged with the Recycling Advocates account number if you are planning a collection or drive.  Please contact Denise at info@recyclingadvocates to obtain those.  We appreciate your donation to help keep our campaign going! Visit Bottle Drop Give HERE

We're always happy to hear from you if you have feedback, or if you'd like to get involved with RA, or if you know of a coffee shop we should connect with. Contact us at or 503-777-0909.
For details of local area "green" events see the Events Calendar on our website.
If there's an event you think we should include please drop us a line at info @
Other Ways to Support Recycling Advocates

Here are some ways to contribute to Recycling Advocates that won't cost you a penny.

Fred Meyer Community RewardsFred Meyer Community Rewards: shop with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card, continue to earn your rewards points, fuel points and rebates, and Fred Meyer will donate to Recycling Advocates! Sign up here, and select Recycling Advocates, nonprofit number 90398. 

Amazon Smile: Amazon donates .5% of the price of your eligible purchases to RA whenever you shop at You'll see all your usual account settings and exactly the same products and pricing as at Learn more and sign up here

Good Search and Good ShopGoodSearch & GoodShop: Support RA and save money at and Find store coupons, coupon codes, discounts, deals and promo codes. Join here and select Recycling Advocates. 
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