Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter


November 2016 | |

Engaging people in creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Campaign Update
By Brion Hurley, Recycling Advocates President

BYOCAt our last board meeting we discussed a system for rating coffee shops based on how many incentives they have in place. The more they do to reduce their use of disposable cups, the higher their rating. The idea is to rate the shops to provide motivation for them to improve based on peer and social pressure.

We are finalizing the criteria right now, and will soon be looking for volunteers to help visit and rate coffee shops. If you are interested and haven't reached out to us yet, please reply to this email to express interest. 
A Post-Election Message from RA President Brion Hurley

Brion HurleyAfter the Election: Turning a Negative into a Positive.

The presidential election was a shock to many of us.

After some reflection over the past few days, I have a new outlook. As the new President of Recycling Advocates, I’d like to share that perspective with you as we start looking ahead to 2017 under a new political landscape.

1) We have momentum on our side

The pursuit of zero waste is ingrained in the culture of the Portland metro region. No decisions at the national level are going to stop the momentum we have, unless we allow it...   [ Read More ]

Coffee Shop Spotlight 
Nectar Cafe Update
Our friends at Nectar Cafe now offer reusable cups for sale! 
Nectar Cafe CupNectar Cafe Signage

Caffé D’Arte: a Place to Linger
By Recycling Advocates Volunteer Bonita Davis

Upon entering the coffee shop Caffé D’Arte, something seemed pleasantly different. Tall windows and arches, warm ochre colors, ceramic floor tiles, wooden furniture and a greeting by the barista all invited me to sit and stay. After settled, I noticed that  nearly all of the patrons were drinking from ceramic cups. Caffe D'Arte MugWhen ordering a coffee at Caffé D’Arte, the default is “for here.” Your reward is a handsome black classic ceramic coffee cup with a complimentary chocolate on the saucer. The manager, Stephanie, guestimates that over 40% of the customer base orders their coffee “for here.” Drink your coffee in the shop and one free refill is included. Baristas Cara and Josh shared that it is a source of pride to serve artisan coffees in cups that enhance the visual experience.

Bring in your own cup and the discount is 25¢, with a free refill. Travel water bottles and mugs are for sale on the counter and near the door. A water station with pitchers of ice water and durable cups, bulk creamer, and a bussing tub further cut down on one-time use containers and packaging.

The Seattle-based Italian coffee shop is located at 1615 NE 15th Ave. in Portland’s Lloyd District. The popular outdoor deck compliments the equally popular indoor seating area. More information at

Thanksgiving Waste Reduction
By Susan Mead, Recycling Advocates Secretary

In light of the upcoming, often waste-generating, holiday season, here are some suggestions to lessen your environmental impact as you celebrate Thanksgiving this week: May all of you have a peaceful, restful Thanksgiving!
Green Gift Fairs

We encourage RA members and friends to forgo Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping in favor of Giving Tuesday, but if you should feel the need for holiday shopping here are a couple of green gift fairs to check out: 

Evergreen Gift Market
December 3rd at Marshall Community Center in Vancouver, WA
Featuring handmade, upcycled and local arts and crafts.
Portland Green Festival
December 9th to 11th at Oregon Convention Center.
Offering products and services to "work green, play green and live green".

BYOCJoin us in NE Portland on Thursday January 26, 2017 for Recycling Advocates’ annual volunteer gathering. We'll share updates on our BYOC campaign and discuss plans for the next phase. 

As always, we will provide wine, beer and snacks. Watch this space for details!
Do Just One Thing: Take the Lid Off!
By Recycling Advocates Treasurer Holly Hummel

Milk cartons are recyclable in your Blue recycling bin as long as you take the plastic lids off. The plastic lids - and many other materials - can be recycled at Far West Recycling at the following locations: 
  • 2005 N. Rosa Parks Way, Portland
  • 12820 NE Marx Street, Portland
  • 4930 SE 26th Avenue, Portland
  • 341 Foothills Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
When in doubt, call Metro Recycling at 503-234-3000. 
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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