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Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter

June 2017 | www.recyclingadvocates.org | info@recyclingadvocates.org

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

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BYOC Campaign Update
 
We're continuing to work with local coffee shop owners to encourage them to offer incentives to customers to bring reusable cups or ask for "for here" cups, we'll have more news for you on these efforts next month. 

Meanwhile here's a report from the BBC about a new cup recycling program being tried out in London. Across the UK an estimated 2.5 billion single-use coffee cups are discarded every year, this new program aims at collecting a small percentage of them for recycling at a specially designed facility. As we've pointed out before, these cups are made waterproof by fusing card with polyethylene, creating a material that cannot be separated out again in a standard recycling mill.
 
We're in favor of anything that reduces the amount of waste going to landfills, of course, but we can't help wondering if it wouldn't be even better to encourage Londoners to BYOC! 
   
BYOCIf you find local coffee shops doing great work to reduce disposable coffee cup usage and other waste, please reach out to us and let us know. And if you'd like to get involved with the campaign just email info@recyclingadvocates.org or leave us a message at 503-777-0909. 
BBC Presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on
"The Truth About Recycling Coffee Cups"
First Portland BottleDrop Express Site Opens

BottleDrop ExpressOur friends at OBRC are keeping busy! Hot on the heals of last month's Beaverton BottleDrop Center opening, they're celebrating the opening of the first urban BottleDrop Express site, at the Stadium Fred Meyer, 100 NW 20th Place. Other sites at Safeway and Fred Meyer stores will open later this summer. 

At participating stores you'll find a secure drop-door where you can drop off your filled green bags any time, and an in-store kiosk where you can sign up for an account or purchase additional bags.

Learn more about the BottleDrop Express program here.

We're hearing from you that the combination of BottleDrop centers and the deposit increase is changing behavior around container redemption and recycling:
  • Several readers said that the 10c deposit makes it worthwhile redeeming bottle deposits, whereas in the past they put them out in their yellow "glass on the side" bins.  
  • People with BottleDrop Centers nearby tell us that the change to indoor, well maintained and fully staffed facilities is very welcome.
  • Others said having to make a longer trip to a BDC outweighed the advantages of the improved facilities - hopefully the introduction of new BottleDrop Express sites will help with that.    
  • A couple of people said they will continue to take containers to New Seasons to donate refunds to "Cans for Kids".  
Feedback on Can and Bottle Returns

We're hearing from you that the combination of BottleDrop centers and the deposit increase is changing behavior around container redemption and recycling:
  • Several readers said that the 10c deposit makes it worth their while redeeming bottle deposits, whereas in the past they put them out in their yellow "glass on the side" bins.  
  • People with BottleDrop Centers nearby tell us that the change to indoor, well maintained and fully staffed facilities is very welcome. They are more likely to return containers for refund.
  • Others said having to make a longer trip to a BDC outweighed the advantages of the improved facilities. Hopefully the introduction of new BottleDrop Express sites will help with that.    
  • A couple of people told us they will continue dropping off their empties at New Seasons, to donate to "Cans for Kids".   
It's great news that more Oregonians are returning containers!  
AOR Sustainable Oregon 2017 - Report
By Bonita Davis, Recycling Advocates Volunteer

AOR ConferenceSalishan Lodge on the central Oregon Coast was the site of Sustainable Oregon 2017 Conference, presented by the Association of Oregon Recyclers from June 7th to 9th. Encouraged to attend by the board of Recycling Advocates, I learned that the conference brings together diverse perspectives, shares current best practices, create networking opportunities and brings people from industry, non-profits, government, education, and more to the table.  

The conference proved to be even more dynamic than I anticipated, beginning with the first panel of experts, some local, some national, discussing aspects of packaging, comparing energy in production and shipping of products to CO2 emissions and how best to reduce not only product waste, but excessive energy consumption in getting products to the market.  A topic that can be baffling in its complexity, presenters not only would encouraged questions from their audience, but would engage in informal discussions throughout the conference.
Do Just One Thing: Use GoodSearch and GoodShop
By Rhett Lawrence, RA Vice President

Rhett LawrenceWe remind you pretty frequently in this newsletter about participating in easy fundraising efforts for Recycling Advocates, like GoodSearch, Amazon Smile, and the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program. I mean, if you can just buy the stuff you're already buying, not pay any more for it, and STILL have it raise money for a group whose work you support, how great is that?
 
Well, I want to put in one more plug for GoodSearch and GoodShop (www.goodshop.com). While I use GoodSearch as my default search engine and raise a few cents for RA every time I do an internet search (which is a LOT), today I'd like to sing the virtues of making big purchases through GoodShop.
 
For instance, do you anticipate - as I do - spending a couple thousand dollars on buying your vacation plane tickets for this year? Well, how about going to GoodShop first and THEN getting patched through to Orbitz or Cheap Tickets or Priceline or wherever you make your travel arrangements? You will be doing the EXACT SAME THING you were already going to do and simultaneously raising some significant money for RA. Each purchase may only result in a few dollars coming our way, but every plane ticket and car rental and hotel room raises money for us and it all adds up!
 
It takes literally less than a minute to designate RA as your charity of choice and then you're off! So go buy some tickets to Antarctica or something, or even just a trip to a wedding in Philly, and help support the great work we're doing at Recycling Advocates. It's so easy and it helps so much!

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! 
Other 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 smile.amazon.com. You'll see all your usual account settings and exactly the same products and pricing as at amazon.com. Learn more and sign up here
 

Good Search and Good ShopGoodSearch & GoodShop: Support RA and save money at Goodsearch.com and Goodshop.com. Find store coupons, coupon codes, discounts, deals and promo codes. Join here and select Recycling Advocates. 
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