Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter


March 2015 | |

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

Calling All Portland Green Teams!

World Wildlife Fund Earth Hour

Update from the Capitol

"Let's Talk Trash" Event 

Calling all Portland Green Teams!
by Katie Allen, Recycling Advocates Board Member at Large

Green TeamRecycling Advocates is recruiting a few good Green Teams to participate in the launch of our Green Team Brown Bag Discussions.  Our aim is to brainstorm with Portland area Green Teams about personal waste prevention tactics and share those ideas from workplace to workplace, affecting homes all over the Metro area.  

Do you know of a company with an active Green Team or Green Person?  We are gathering a database of interested groups and will begin organizing brown bag discussions this summer.  Please send us your recruits and help reduce waste one lunch hour at a time!

To participate or ask a question please email or call Katie Allen at: , 541-350-7988

World Wildlife Fund "Earth Hour" 
by Susan Mead, Recycling Advocates Volunteer

Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 to 9:30 PM local time - for one hour, focus on your commitment to our planet for the rest of this year.

Have you ever participated in Earth Hour? Back in 2007, World Wildlife Fund hosted the first Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia, to promote awareness around climate change and how even at the individual level, we can make a difference. Hundreds of millions of people around the world now make the choice to turn all of their lights off for one hour beginning at 8:30 PM local time this Saturday, March 28, 2015. During this year’s Earth Hour, consider having an indoor picnic by candlelight, or taking a walk around downtown Portland to see what lights have been turned off, or try some stargazing from the (hopefully) darker night sky!

Part of the impact is letting others know that you are participating. To sign up and learn more about this great event, please go to the World Wildlife Fund website at:
Update from the Capitol
By Rhett Lawrence, Recycling Advocates Vice President

As noted in last month’s newsletter, Recycling Advocates is watching a number of bills in the 2015 session of the Oregon Legislature. Here is an update on a few of them:

- House Bill 2762 would phase out polystyrene plates, trays, food containers, and food packaging in Oregon’s public schools. 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. We submitted testimony from RA in favor of this bill for its March 10 public hearing in the House Energy and Environment Committee.

- HB 2803 clarifies the definition of bottle bill deposit centers and impact zones. It had a hearing in the House Business and Transportation Committee on March 2.

- HB 3421 would fund Outdoor School programs by assessing a portion of the unclaimed deposits from the bottle bill. It would also require distributors to report total amount of unclaimed refunds, which would undoubtedly not be popular with the distributors who’d rather not have people know that information. The bill has been referred to the House Education Committee, but hasn’t yet been scheduled for a hearing.

- Senate Bill 30 makes some very minor changes to the contracting provisions of the successful paint stewardship program. It’s been referred to the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, but hasn’t had a hearing yet.

- 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. RA submitted testimony in support of these bills in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee on February 24 and they are currently scheduled for a work session on April 1.

Stay tuned for more news of happenings in the Oregon Legislature!
Let's Talk Trash event at Clinton Theater 
from Oregon Metro

Food scraps comprise almost one-fifth of the amount of material our region sends to landfills every year – enough to fill 5000 long-haul trucks. These food scraps can provide compost, energy and other benefits to communities, but what are the most desirable environmental and economic approaches to dealing with this resource? What impacts do food scraps have on the climate, water supplies, energy, and food security?

Let's Talk TrashDavid Allaway, senior policy analyst with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, will share insights for different ways of dealing with food scraps while reducing what we throw away.

This Let's Talk Trash event is held in conjunction with Science on Tap, a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Tickets are $8 in advance, or suggested donation of $10 at the door, proceeds benefit Science on Tap.
  • What: Let's Talk Trash event with Science on Tap
  • When: May 5th, doors open at 6pm, program begins at 7pm.
  • Where: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Portland

Click to learn more or purchase tickets
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