Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter


October 2016 | |

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

Betty PattonAfter nine years of tireless service Betty Patton has stepped down as President of Recycling Advocates. She remains on the board as a member at large. Thank you, Betty, for everything you've done for RA since you joined the organization over twenty years ago! 

Brion HurleyCampaign Coordinator Brion Hurley takes Betty's place as Board President. Brion is a Principal Lean Consultant at Rockwell Collins in Wilsonville, OR. He is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt through 6sigma.US, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt from ASQ, and Lean Master certified.

Brion has a bachelor’s degree in Statistics, and a master’s degree in Quality Management and Productivity from the University of Iowa. He obtained a Certificate of Sustainability from the University of Iowa, and a Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) Certificate from USZWBC.

He has been on the Recycling Advocates board since 2015, and has helped upgrade the website and establish the new Coffee Cup Reduction campaign.

Denise SlatteryWe're excited to welcome Denise Slattery to the RA Board. Denise is a Certified Master Recycler (class 57) with a passion for providing reuse and recycling education to the community, especially school-age kids. She has a professional background in marketing and communications and has developed communication and branding strategies for businesses and non-profits in California, Washington, Michigan, and Oregon.

Denise has served as a volunteer for SCRAP, The Rebuilding Center, and regularly presents as a Master Recycler to business organizations participating in Metro’s Sustainability at Work Program.

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. As always, we will provide wine, beer and snacks.

Watch this space for details!

By Betty Patton, RA Board Member
TruckMetro puts together an annual forecast of the region’s solid waste generation to guide their planning and budgeting. The report for 2017 – 2018 has just been released, based on research showing a strong near-term growth followed by a more modest growth in 2018. Strong employment, construction activity, and increased housing prices contribute to the additional overall generation of solid waste. It is estimated that total generation will increase in calendar year 2016 by 8.8% over 2015 and an additional 4.3% in 2017. This is not a per capita generation rate, but a total tonnage estimate for the region. It includes residential and commercial generation.
The good news is that more municipalities are implementing food waste collection and composting programs, increasing the tonnage that is diverted for additional use. Some bad news is that the recovery of wood waste has plummeted, exacerbated by the closing of SP Newsprint, the primary market in the region for recovered wood.
These generation numbers can be overwhelming at times, but for folks like Recycling Advocates’ members, they can also be motivating. RA has some significant roles to play to impact generation and diversion – work heavily on waste prevention and develop education and outreach mechanisms for all Oregonians, particularly new residents. We have our hands full!

Read the full report here: Metro Solid Waste Forecast 2017 - 2018.

Disaster Preparedness and Debris Management
  • Thursday, November 10th, 2016 from 11:30am - 4:00pm
  • McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060
  • $65 members; $95 nonmembers.
Are we ready for a disaster? Events such as storms, floods, and even earthquakes can disrupt our daily lives and leave us with clean-up and recovery needs. Are plans being made? Are YOU prepared?

Come learn about, and join the discussion around disaster preparedness and debris management. 

Check AOR's website for more information and to register.  
Do Just One Thing

rusty firepitAs winter approaches take the time to collect and protect yard tools, patio furniture, outdoor decor etc. That way you won't be tossing out and replacing rusty, rotted items next spring.

Spend a couple of hours now and prevent waste - and save time and money - later! 
Ways to Support Recycling Advocates

We know that not everyone is in a position to support our work with a financial contribution. Here are some alternative ways to contribute 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. 

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! 
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