Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter


June 2015 | |

Engaging people in creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle
Update from the Capitol

by Rhett Lawrence, Recycling Advocates Vice President
With any luck, the Oregon Legislature will be adjourning in the next few weeks. In what’s been a generally disappointing session for environmental issues, at least we have (or are likely to have) a few victories on some recycling and solid waste issues. Here is an update on a few of the bills RA has been tracking:
- As noted in previous newsletters, House Bill 2762 will phase out polystyrene plates, trays, food containers, and food packaging in Oregon’s public schools. The bill was signed by Governor Brown on June 16 and is now law! This legislation from Rep. Rob Nosse is a legacy issue for RA, given our involvement in the ban on polystyrene food packaging in Portland in the late 80s. RA submitted testimony for the committee hearings in both the House and Senate. The bill was weakened somewhat to make it easier for school districts to opt out from the phaseout, but we still believed it to be a bill well worthy of our support.
- HB 2803 clarifies the definition of bottle bill deposit centers and impact zones. It passed out of the House in April, got voted out of the Senate Business and Transportation Committee on May 18, and is now in the Ways and Means committee.
- SB 245 and SB 263 modify funding mechanisms for DEQ to implement materials management programs by increasing tipping fees for the first time in many years, and update waste prevention and recycling requirements. SB 245 has moved out of the Senate, passed through the Ways and Means committee, and is now on the House floor. SB 263 passed the Senate and the House, and is now awaiting the Governor’s signature.
As I noted, it’s been slim pickings for real environmental accomplishments this session, so we must take joy in small victories when we can! 

Registration is open for Master Recycler Fall Class

Course details:
  • Washington County 8-week fall course and 30 hour volunteer program.
  • Eight consecutive Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. starting on September 9 and two Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm on September 19 and October 17.
  • Washington Street Center 225 S. First Avenue, Hillsboro
  • $50 fee to cover course materials. Scholarships are available.
  • Application deadline is August 5, 2015 at noon.
Please visit for details and to apply.

Washington County Celebrates 25 Years of Recycling

Waste prevention and recycling education programs in Washington County are celebrating 25 years.

In 1990, Washington County and Metro entered into an agreement to provide outreach and education on recycling to county residents. Since then, Washington County has been offering education and assistance to residents and businesses in the county.

Some of the program accomplishments include:
  • Creating formal garbage and recycling collection programs including offering roll carts for over 100,000 customers by 2014.
  • Promoting an expanding network of centers that take items not recyclable at the curb.
  • Achieving a 64 percent rate of recovering recycling from the garbage.
  • Expanding yard debris collection to most county customers.
  • Assisting over 4,000 businesses to reduce waste.
  • Certifying over 80 businesses as Recycle at Work Award winners.
  • Helping businesses donate to food rescue agencies.
  • Working with the Master Recycler program to reach over a half million people at events alone.
  • Launching the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge food waste prevention program this year to reduce food waste at home.
Visit to learn more about the program.


StillTasty Website

Taking the Eat Smart Waste Less Challenge? Wondering how long your favorite food or beverage will stay safe and tasty? What's the best way to store it?

RA Board member Susan Mead recommends for answers for thousands of items.

RA Annual Meeting: Save the Date 

Recycling Advocates' 2015 Annual Meeting will be on September 1st at the Sierra Club offices on SE Ankeny. Doors open at 6:30pm, the program / party begins at 7pm. 
More info to come! 

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