Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter

June 2018 | |

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


By Bonita Davis, RA Board Member 

BRINGAOR's 40th Annual Sustainable Oregon 2018 Conference in Eugene offered a tour of BRING, a Central Oregon-based nonprofit dedicated to changing attitudes and behaviors regarding waste. Focusing on consumption, climate change and community resiliency, the program works to provide vision, leadership and tools for living well on the planet we all share. Created in 1971, BRING is one of the nation’s oldest non-profit recyclers, encouraging people to rethink what they use and what they throw away. 

Emily Shelton, BRING Education and Events Manager, led conference attendees along winding garden pathways bordered by native vegetation and creative container and trellised plantings.  The path led from one highly innovative area to another, from beautiful garden with creative trellis designs and native plantings to the Planet Improvement Center where reuse materials were clean, sorted, and organized and ready for sale.  The wide selection of salvaged and surplus building materials, garden supplies, Metro Paint, and other reusable items made it a little tempting to deviate from the tour to shop!  

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Refillable Beer Bottle Program: Join the Celebration Tonight! 

You're invited: OBRC, SOLV and Widmer Brothers are throwing a party tonight to celebrate the launch of BottleDrop Refill

BottleDropBottleDrop refillable bottles are made locally, with 70% recycled content from bottles collected in Oregon. The refillable bottles are easily identifiable, with the BottleDrop name embossed in the glass. They can be re-circulated to breweries as many as 25 times, contributing only a fraction of the carbon footprint compared to recycled cans or bottles. 

What: Refillable Bottle and Beer Release Party
When: 4-7 PM, Thursday June 21, 2018
Where: Widmer Brothers Pub, 955 N Russell St., Portland, OR 97227

Division/Clinton Street Fair
By Bonita Davis, RA Board Member at Large and Uber-Master Recycler

Bonita'Tis the season for Street Fairs! Make sure you join in on some of the great Portland neighborhood celebrations and enjoy our local businesses and mingle with the neighbors and visitors. Come on down to the Division/Clinton Street Fair & Parade on Sunday July 22nd. Look for us under the green tent at our BYOC campaign booth, located with other community non-profits!  Of course we will be in the parade! 
Division Clinton Street FairThe fun starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 5:00 p.m.  The fair will be centered at the lively intersection of 26th and Clinton and goes from 25th to 28th between SE Clinton and Division. Look for businesses along Division between 11th and 50th to be in party mode. Lots to eat, drink, learn and do. The parade begins at 10:45 a.m. on 50th and Division, and moves down to 27th and Clinton.
Want to be part of the booth or parade? Contact us at or 503-777-0909. More information of the Divison/Clinton Street Fair & Parade at

Plastic Straw Ban Update

Last month we reported that the UK government was developing plans to ban all sales of single-use plastics, including plastic straws. Closer to home, Seattle's ban on plastic straws, utensils and cocktail picks goes into effect on July 1st, covering all Seattle businesses that sell food or drinks, and we're hearing about similar initiatives around the country.

Just yesterday afternoon Portland City Council adopted a resolution instructing the city Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to come up with a plan to "reduce single-use non-recyclable plastics", and plastic straws in particular. 

You can read the resolution HERE. We notice that the word "ban" is not used, only "reduction in use", but it's a step in the right direction.
Do Just One Thing: Entertain Without Disposable Waste
By Holly Hummel, RA Treasurer

HollyIf you are reading this article, we’d like to invite you to our next Recycling Advocates board meeting, and for that matter, all board meetings. We do great stuff and could use your help.  Plus, we enjoy nice munchies and beer and wine at the meetings. Come say hello and see what we are all about. Our next board meeting will be on July 9th at 6:30 pm in NE Portland, RSVP and we’ll send you the address.

Last month, it was my turn to host and I decided to see if I could do it without buying packaged food.  Here’s how I did it. 
  • I purchased beer in growlers. 
  • I brought reusable containers to the Fred Meyer and filled them with humus and olives at the olive bar.
  • I didn’t want to buy chips because of the packaging, so brought my reusable bag to Grand Central Bakery and purchased a loaf of sliced bread.  They gave me $.10 discount and compliments for bringing my own bag.
  • I purchased Oregon grown hazelnuts in bulk at Sheridan’s Market at 409 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.  I also purchased bulk sesame sticks and trail mix while I was there.  I brought my own reusable bags
  • I stuffed dates with walnuts, purchased in bulk. 
So, the lesson I learned from this is that there is a lot of food out there that can be purchased in bulk without disposable waste.  So, for me it was a matter of making a choice to not buy the packaging. 

BTW, if you haven’t been to Sheridan Fruit Company lately, they have a rocking bulk department.  You can purchase in bulk everything from spices, to grains, dried fruit, tea, chocolates and other candy.  They also have a wonderful butcher counter. 
PlanetCon 2018 - Recycling and Swap Event

This Saturday join Recycling Advocates and many other environmental organizations at St. Alexander Catholic Church, 170 N. 10th Avenue, Cornelius, for a community recycling and swap event. There will be information tables, music, food, and crafts for kids, plus the opportunity to: 

  • School supplies including clothes, backpacks, folders and paper products
  • Office and art supplies including pens, pencils and markers

  • Polystyrene #6
  • Plastic bags and film
  • Household batteries sizes AAA through D 
  • Computers and electronics
June 23rd from 11 am - 2 pm, St. Alexander Catholic Church, 170 N. 10th Avenue, Cornelius. For more details about the event and items that can be brought for recycling please see PlanetCon 2018
For details of other events like this see the new Events Calendar on our website.
If there's an event you think we should add please drop us a line at info @
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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.
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We thank you for your passion, support and commitment to protecting Oregon’s environment! 
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