Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter

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


Attend our Annual Meeting! Tuesday, Sept. 24
Take Our Survey!
Do Just One Thing 
Please mark your calendars and join Recycling Advocates at our Annual Meeting.
You do not need to be a member of RA to attend!  This is an important meeting and we need all hands on deck!

Tuesday, September 24
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Floyd's Old Town Coffee 
18 NW Couch St. (between NW 1st and NW 2nd)
(See below for transportation info)

Please RSVP now! GO HERE to register via Eventbrite

As in past meetings, there will be amazing speakers!  We'll have a lively panel discussion with three female leaders working to increase reuse efforts in Portland. 

Brion Hurley, RA President, will share an update on our BYOC coffee cup reduction campaign and we'll also hear from Floyd's Old Town Coffee's Nicole Zimmerman about their BYOC efforts.  Finally, and most importantly, we need input from you on where Recycling Advocates should go in the future.

  • How can we better engage volunteers and supporters in this future?

  • Are we focused on the right areas?

  • Is our mission relevant?  

  • Are we still needed after 30+ years as a nonprofit?

Recycling Advocates is at a crossroads.  We recently lost a few pivotal board members and will soon be reduced to three board members.  Membership has dwindled. Recruiting volunteers is challenging. We cannot continue at this rate without significant change.  That change could run the gamut from bringing in new board members and more member involvement to merging with another local advocacy group or having another group merge with us.   We are actively seeking your suggestions and involvement. We anticipate that any such change would involve a name change. Our mission has evolved from Recycling towards Reducing and Reusing and Zero Waste, so it reasons that our name should reflect that going forward.   We are open to suggestions and our future depends on making a sea change, so please bring your ideas and please encourage anyone who might be interested in creating a new path forward to come to our annual meeting. 

Recycling Advocates has a lot to offer.  We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.  We have a Board of Directors, a checking account, money in the bank and a part-time resource director.  We have a track record.  We have a good set-up to make a difference in the sustainability movement but we cannot go it alone.

If you'd like to shape the future direction of our organization and get more involved in our advocacy, we want you to attend this very important meeting to hear your thoughts and ideas.  Please take a minute to complete the survey in this newsletter so we can gather some insights before the event.


6:30 - 7:00 pm      Networking + snacks + drinks! 

7:00 - 7:15 pm      BYOC campaign update from Brion Hurley, RA board president

7:15 - 8:00 pm      Panel discussion on Reuse with three Portland-based leaders 

8:00 - 8:30 pm      Open discussion on the future of RA

Complimentary refreshments will be served but coffee drinks and snacks can also be purchased from Floyd's, so please support them for hosting us in their awesome space!

Questions?  Please email info@recylingadvocates or call 503-777-0909 and we'll follow up! 

If you take public transport:  Floyd’s is on the Red and Blue Max Lines at the Skidmore Stop.

If you drive:  A Smart Park garage is located on NW 1st between Davis and Everett.  On-street parking should be available at that time of day but meters are in effect until 7 pm. 


Please take this EASY two-minute survey by following the link below!  This is your chance to help shape the future of RA.


PLEASE complete the Recycling Advocates Supporter Survey Survey and come to our annual meeting on September 24th.  Recycling Advocates is at a crossroads. We need more people on our Board of Directors and more member involvement to carry on another year.  We are open to changing directions and/or to merge with another advocacy group. Or, perhaps, it’s time for our advocacy group to call it quits.  We’d love to get your input or better yet your involvement. THANKS! 

Do Just One Thing:  Recycle Your Satellite Dish ... And More! 
By Holly Hummel, RA Treasurer is a treasure trove of helpful information. Even though I get flooded with emails, which generally get sent to my junk folders, the Earth911 emails are well worth opening. The most recent one was on recycling satellite dishes and I discovered that there is an amazing resource in Beaverton called Recycling Appliance Not only does Recycling Appliance recycle satellite dishes, but they also recycle the following items at little or no charge:

  • Washers        
  • Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Stoves
  • Microwaves
  • Wine coolers
  • BBQs
  • Telephones
  • DVD players
  • Scanners 
  • Fax Machines
  • AC units
  • Pressure and power washers
  • Humidifiers
  • Carpet cleaners
  • Portable AC units
  • Toilets
  • Small appliances 
  • Futons
  • Sofa beds
  • Wood stoves
  • Christmas lights
  • Projection and flat-screen TVs
  • Car seats
  • PC towers, mice, keyboards
  • Ink cartridges
  • Leaf blowers
Hats off to Recycling Appliance!  I am thrilled that we have such a great resource in our community.  Check out Recycling Appliance website to get more information  You can drop off items or arrange for item pickup.  There is a pickup charge.   
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 @

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! 
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. 

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