Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter

January 2018 | |

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


Campaign Update: Oracle Coffee says BYOC!  
By Brion Hurley, RA President

OracleA new coffee shop in Portland's South Waterfront neighborhood has joined the Bring Your Own Cup campaign. 

Oracle Coffee put up a BYOC reminder window cling on their store entrance to help customers remember to bring in their cup BEFORE they get inside (or remind them for the next visit). They also encourage customers to reduce waste by defaulting to reusable mugs, plates and silverware.

Oracle Coffee Company is a specialty coffee shop located at 3875 SW Bond Avenue, if you haven’t visit their shop yet do stop by, grab a coffee or baked good, and thank them for helping reduce coffee cups in the landfill! 

New Feature: BYOC in Motion

Check out these local Portland residents who bring their own cup with them! Their actions are supporting our BYOC campaign.

Do you have a photo you’d like to share with us? Let us know what motivates you to BYOC, and what tips you have for not forgetting your cup. We'll post favorite stories and pics on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Save the Date: Volunteer Meet-Up on March 10th

Stop Single Use CupsOn the afternoon of March 10th RA board members and volunteers will be gathering at New Seasons Seven Corners (19th and Division) for BYOC campaign training and coffee shop visit activities. 

If you've thought about volunteering for our campaign but haven't known how to get started here's a chance to hear from veteran volunteers about how best to engage coffee shops and their customers. 

Stay tuned for more details in the February newsletter, also on our website and Facebook page. 
January 1st Bottle Bill Changes

10CentConfused about the changes to the Bottle Bill that occurred on January 1st? You're not alone! We've had a lot of feedback and questions about this issue lately.

Check out this FAQ prepared by OLCC for answers to the most common questions, also for who to contact with other questions. 
GO Box PDX Business Offering

GO BoxHave you ever dreamed of being your own boss, owning your own sustainable, mission-driven business? 

We are sad to hear that GO Box owner/founder Laura Weiss is leaving town, but this just might be your opportunity to take over an award-winning business with established partnerships around the Portland area. 

Check out the details here, and contact Laura at or 971-212-9870 if this sounds like the opportunity for you!

Very best wishes, Laura, we will miss you.
PlanetCon 2018 Report

Brion Hurley at PlanetConPlanetCon 2018 in Hillsboro on January 6th was a great success. This recycling and swap event offered an opportunity for attendees to bring polystyrene, plastic bags and film for recycling, also to bring Winter/holiday items to swap or donate, and to learn about: 
  • Worm bins (vermiculture) to compost food scraps
  • Shake and Fold - a way to reduce paper towel use in public restrooms
  • Food waste prevention 
  • Master Recycler program 
  • Electric vehicles, and more 
Recycling Advocates President Brion Hurley was there too, talking with attendees about our "BYOC" campaign.   
Fix-it Fair Coming Up This Saturday 

Here's a reminder, the first 2018 City of Portland Fix-It Fair is coming up just in a few days, on January 27th at George Middle School in N Portland, from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Fix-It FairBring an item that needs fixing, or just come to enjoy free workshops on topics such as:
  • Water and energy savings
  • Neighborhood and community resources
  • Recycling
  • Weatherizing your home
  • Yard care and composting
...also be sure to stop by the Recycling Advocates table and say hi to our board members and volunteers!

More information about the January and February Fix-It Fairs at

Thanks to everyone who offered to help us out with tabling, we're set for volunteers at this point. 
Do Just One Thing: Take the Pledge! 

If you haven't already, visit and add your name - pledge to:
Bring Your Own Cup

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

Here are some ways to contribute to Recycling Advocates 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. 
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