Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter

October 2018 | |

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

RA Annual Meeting Moving to TaborSpace


Due to unavoidable circumstances we've had to move our Annual Meeting from the Sierra Club. The good news though is that we'll be at TaborSpace on SE Belmont, where last Sunday's Zero Waste Conference was held.

TaborSpace has ample parking and great public transport access, so we hope this won't inconvenience anyone. 

Plan on arriving between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM to snag a seat and something to eat and drink, and also to network with other environmental advocates. We'll have wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres for everyone, generously donated by meeting sponsors OBRCDrinkThinkNew Seasons and Fred Meyer. Also door prizes to give away to a lucky few - be sure to RSVP for an extra chance to win.

The program runs from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and will include presentations from guest speakers, board elections and an update on our BYOC campaign.

RSVP to, or leave a message at 503-777-0909 . An accurate headcount will help us to bring just the right amount of food - we'd love this event to be Zero Waste!
 RA 2018 Annual Meeting

Wednesday October 24th, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
TaborSpace Dining Room, 5441 SE Belmont St, 
Portland, OR 97215 

All are Welcome, Attendance is Free.
Campaign Update / Zero Waste Conference Follow-Up
By Brion Hurley, RA President

Sunday's Zero Waste Conference at TaborSpace was a terrific success, our thanks to everyone who attended. We're especially grateful to meeting sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers for helping to get Zero Waste PDX off to a great start!

Nossa FamiliaNossa Familia Coffee's presentation was particularly relevant to Recycling Advocates's BYOC campaign; Camille and Karen reported on results from their new Seven Corners location, where a 25 cent charge for ToGo cups has reduced customers' use of single-use cups to about 30% of coffee drink sales. That's dramatically lower than the industry average which is still above 90%. Congrats to Nossa Familia, and thanks to Camille and Karen for their great presentation! 
For details of local area events like this see the new Events Calendar on our website.
If there's an event you think we should add please drop us a line at info @
Video - Zero Waste Hacks

Here are a dozen "Zero Waste Hacks" from Exploring Alternatives, how many of these are you already doing? Send us your own Zero Waste Hacks, we'll add the best to our website and future newsletters. Email us at  
Plan Ahead for a Zero Waste Move
By Holly Hummel, RA Treasurer

Do you have a local move in your future? We just moved across town and managed to do it without filling our garbage can. My husband is a retired remodeling contractor and had 20 years of accumulated tools, plumbing and electrical supplies and miscellaneous house parts. And of course, we had 20 years of other accumulated stuff in our garage. This is how we did it. 
  1. Long before our move date we donated furniture and other household items to the Community Warehouse located at 3969 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd.
  2. We hauled our electronics to Free Geek located at 1731 SE 10th, including retired cell phones, keyboards, laptops and miscellaneous cords. They asked for a monetary donation which we were happy to give them.
  3. We donated house parts such as light fixtures to the Rebuilding Center located at 3625 N. Mississippi.
  4. When we had donated what we could, we had a garage sale and advertised it on Craigslist and in We managed to sell about 1/3 of our remaining “stuff”.
  5. We put all the things we didn’t sell out on our curb and again advertised the free pile on, Rooster and Craigslist. There were only a handful of things that didn’t find a new home.
  6. We borrowed moving boxes. You can often find free moving boxes on or  When people have finished with their boxes they’re usually happy to pass them on. 
  7. We made use of Craigslist, Rooster and after the move as well. For example, one of our office chairs acquired a broken caster in the move. We decided that we didn’t need that chair after all, so of course we put it on Craigslist (with the full disclosure that it needed a new caster) in the Free column and it found a new home within the hour. The new owner was grateful for the free chair and we were happy that it found a new home. 
All this took time, so we were very glad that we started the process early. It felt good to lighten our load and find new homes for our stuff rather than making a last minute dash to the landfill. 

FYI, if you’re going to donate to Community Warehouse, Free Geek or the Rebuilding Center, please check out their websites for descriptions of what they will take and when they will take it.

Moving without waste is doable but it takes time. Give yourself plenty of lead time to prepare for a waste-free and stress-free moving day! .
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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.
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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! 
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