Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter


June 2014 + +

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

Plastic Film Recycling is back at Far West Fibers! 

by Katie Allen, Recycling Advocates, Board Member at Large

Many of us who visit Far West Fibers depots on a regular basis have been anxiously anticipating the return of plastic film recycling.  Due to industry factors plastic film was not accepted at FWF for quite some time, but Recycling Advocates is happy to report it is back!

Plastic film makes up a lot of the packaging we accumulate from the grocery store, online purchases and moving materials. The easiest way to determine if the product can be considered film is if one’s finger can easily poke a hole through the plastic. If it stretches like a grocery bag, it is plastic film and can be recycled. If it crinkles like a potato chip bag, it is not film and belongs in the trash. There are many plastic film products besides grocery bags which can be recycled. Don’t forget to include the stretchable bread bag, shrink wrap around paper towels or bathroom tissue, dry cleaning bags, air pillows used for shipping, bubble wrap used during moving, and clean dry garbage bags on your next trip to Far West Fibers.  

One of the best parts of recycling is discovering that these old products can now be made into something new. The second life of plastic film is very exciting. Some of the products born out of film recycling include clothing, bags, durable building and construction products such as fencing and decking, door and window frames, and exterior moldings. The list just goes on and on as the industry develops.  

As always, we can still deposit our plastic bag collection at any local grocery story, but now we can also bring it with our other non-curbside recyclables to a FWF neighborhood site; the one-stop services that FWF provides will make recycling that much easier for those just joining the fold.

Far West Fibers has locations in SE Portland, NE Portland, N Portland, Hillsboro and Lake Oswego. Please visit their website for location details and times - and please spread the word about this recent development!

Recycling Advocates welcomes new Resource Director Adrienne Welsh
by Betty Patton, Recycling Advocates President

Recycling Advocates is pleased to welcome our new Resource Director, Adrienne Welsh. She joined us June 1 of this year after an extensive search. She brings non-profit management and support experience as well as an extensive IT background. Ms. Welsh gives us website creation and management, grant writing skills, marketing materials and newsletter production, database and financial records maintenance, as well as volunteer coordination and training. 

In addition to the extensive list of expertise above, Adrienne supports our mission statement thoroughly. The board is pleased to welcome her aboard. We plan to accomplish great things with Adrienne as part of our team. 

AOR 2014 Sustainable Oregon Conference: Don't Miss This Big Event!

by Kris Olson, Recycling Advocates Secretary

The Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR) will hold its 2014 Sustainable Oregon Conference & Trade Show on Thursday, June 19 through Saturday, June 21 at Oregon State University's "The LaSells Stewart Center" in Corvallis, Oregon. The three-day, interactive conference will feature leading-edge educational sessions, workshops, local and national experts and speakers, facility tours and valuable networking opportunities. 

AOR will also host an awards program, celebrating the achievements of Oregon’s recycling, reuse, and waste reduction businesses and leaders. The conference will provide networking opportunities, as well as some fun social activities. Don't miss this. It is a chance to listen to and meet national and locally recognized recycling professionals as they discuss recycling, composting and sustainable materials management.

Recycling Advocates members and friends can save 20% on full conference admission when they use RA's special promotional code RA2014 (code must be used at time of ticket purchase). To register go to:
  • What - AOR 2014 Sustainable Oregon Conference & Trade Show
  • When -  June 19- 21, 2014 
  • Where - The LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University | Corvallis, Oregon
  • How much - $425 AOR Members and $525 AOR Non-members +  20% discount for RA members and friends using promotional code RA2014.
  • How - Register at
  • Twitter - @oregonrecyclers and #AOR2014
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