Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter


December 2015 | |

Engaging people in creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Happy Holidays to our wonderful volunteers, members and friends, from Recycling Advocates' Board.
Happy Holidays

Left to right: Susan Mead, Katie Allen, Brion Hurley, Betty Patton,
Holly Hummel, Heather Cyrus, Rhett Lawrence. 
Volunteer Meeting & Party
By Betty Patton

Here's a date for your calendar: Thursday January 28, 2016.

Recycling Advocates will host our annual gathering to update our members and friends on the activities and latest campaign of the organization from 7:00 until 8:30 pm at the home of the President of Recycling Advocates, Betty Patton in NE Portland. Join us for wine and snacks and lots of lively conversation.

Volunteer EventThese events are always fun opportunities to share ideas with like-minded neighbors.

RSVP to or call or text 503 - 358 - 0496.
A Sneak Preview of Recycling Advocates’ 2016 Campaign

Holiday CupsStarbucks’ new "holiday" coffee cups may be pretty, but they are still disposable!

Stay tuned for tips on saying “NO” to them and to all disposable cups, as our new campaign gets underway!
Helping Enforce Portland's Plastic Bag Ban
By Betty Patton, Recycling Advocates Board President

As many of you know, the City of Portland banned single-use plastic bags at all retail establishments and food providers in the city. If you come across a location that still uses the bags, here are some suggestions for how to handle it. No Plastic Bags
  • Step 1, always be courteous.
  • Step 2, let the facility know that there is a bag ban at all stores and restaurants in Portland.
  • Step 3, give them contact information for City of Portland staff that can help them work towards solutions.
  • Step 4, you may want to contact City of Portland to let them know what you found.
The City of Portland contacts are:
  • Matt Todd at 503-823-9582 (Primary for enforcement of bag ban)
  • Lori Drew at the Crisis Hotline at 503-823-7202 or
Do Just One Thing
Recycling Advocates board members offer their "Do Just One Thing" ideas for the Holidays. 
Katie Allen suggests:
Instead of buying new gifts for people in your family this holiday, make a pact with them to only make/craft or buy thrift store presents. My immediate family has done this for the past couple of years and it usually brings more laughter and conversation than new presents ever did.
Holly Hummell says:
Get the PaperKarma app to get rid of unwanted junk mail.  All you need to do is snap a photo of the sender’s return address label with your phone and they will do the work for you.
Here's an idea from Brion Hurley:
Bagel ContainerAlmost everyday, I get a bagel for breakfast. I switched to a reusable container a couple weeks ago and it was much easier than I thought. I encourage everyone to replace one item of trash with a reusable container, such as bringing your own container to lunch, or to a restaurant for leftovers.
"Here are my End of Year Giving ideas", from Susan Mead
End of Year Giving – As this year comes to a close, many of you will be seeking to donate items you no longer use or cherish. There are many charities that work and distribute donated goods within our local area. Here are some ideas on where to take your donations:

1) Community Warehouse –
With two locations (Northeast Portland and Tualatin), this charity takes donations of household goods, including furniture, appliances, kitchen and dining utensils to distribute to needy families within the state of Oregon. Each location also has an estate store of higher quality household goods available for purchase in support of their mission.

2) Cat Adoption Team Thrift Store –
Located on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, this store takes donations of clothes and small household goods in support of Cat Adoption Team’s work to find homes for our feline friends being housed in their adoption center in Sherwood, Oregon.

3) Gung Ho Ministries Boutique –
Located in the Hillsdale area, this small clothing resale shop supports primarily homeless veterans outreach. An added benefit is that you receive 20% off your purchases in the store if you have brought a donation with you.
Betty Patton proposes: 
During this season of gift giving, give the gift of experiences. Tickets to a show or concert or an invitation to a meal at your home.
The above list is a tiny fraction of what is available in the Portland area. Get out and enjoy live entertainment or bring your friends to your home for dinner and a night of conversation. These are gifts who’s memories last a long time.
"Not what I have, but what I do, is my kingdom." 
- Thomas Carlyle
Rhett Lawrence also suggests forgoing the "stuff":
Instead of giving physical gifts to your friends and relatives this year, how about giving them gift memberships to your favorite nonprofit groups? Like Recycling Advocates, for instance!
Heather Cyrus says: 
Don't recycle gift wrap this year - re-use it! Save the wrapping paper if you can to use again next year. Tissue paper is a great wrapping material and can be used dozens of times. When buying wrapping paper, be sure it's not the shiny laminated paper or full of glitter, as that can't be recycled. I haven't bought wrapping paper in 5+ years.
Do you have a tip to share? Send it to, we'll post our favorites on our Facebook page. 

Become a member of Recycling Advocates and help us continue to spread waste prevention ideas and the value of waste prevention tactics.

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.

We thank you for your passion, support and commitment to protecting Oregon’s environment! 
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