Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter


July 2016 | |

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

Recycling Advocates' Annual Meeting is set for Wednesday September 14th at 7pm. We're back at the Sierra Club again this year, thanks to Recycling Advocates' VP Rhett Lawrence, he's the Oregon Chapter's Conservation Director.

Details to follow, but in short: 
  • Full meeting agenda coming soon, it'll include updates on our Coffee Cup Campaign.
  • Meet our new board members! 
  • Free and open to all Recycling Advocates members, Master Recyclers and friends.
  • Beer, wine and snacks provided. 
What: Recycling Advocates Annual Meeting 2016
When: Wednesday September 14th, doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7:00pm
Where: Sierra Club, 1821 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214
Who: YOU! 

RSVP to or call 503-777-0909. We'd love to see you there!   
Annual Meeting
By Brion Hurley, Campaign Coordinator.

Don Waggoner, bottle bill pioneer, environmental activist and businessman, passed away on June 19th at the age of 81. 

Don helped spearhead the nation's first bottle bill in the early 1970s while he was working with the Oregon Environmental Council. The bill's goal was to promote recycling and reduce roadside litter. We've come to take those results so much for granted that recently The Oregonian ran an editorial suggesting that the bottle bill had outlasted its usefulness. Don's response is well worth a read, if you missed it. Here's a link: The bottle bill was a response to 'throwaway culture'

Read more about Don here:

Don Waggoner, thank you, you will be missed.
Many thanks to our friends at Rooster ( for sponsoring these awesome logo coffee mugs to support our coffee cup campaign! Sustainable and stylin' stainless steel - with our slogan "Choose To Reuse" on one side, Rooster's "Pay It Forward Portland" on the other - stay tuned to learn how you can get your hands on one. 
  Board members with coffee mugs

Left to right: Mark Buchweitz, Holly Hummel, Susan Mead, Rhett Lawrence, Betty Patton, Steven Brook, Brion Hurley, Denise Slattery.  
Feedback: BottleDrop Centers

We heard from several of you regarding last month's piece about the new BottleDrop Center in Grants Pass. Here are responses to a couple of points that were raised in your emails and calls: 

"My nearest BottleDrop Center is miles away!" 
  • OBRC plans to open more of BottleDrop Centers around the state, and especially in the Portland Metro area, so keep an eye open for one coming to your neighborhood. Meantime you can continue to return containers to any store that sells them. 
"I want to do the right thing but returning bottles and cans is a waste of my time so I just put them in my curbside recycling bin"
  • Redeeming containers helps ensure that recyclers have a steady supply of clean, sorted materials. That helps to boost recycling markets, and also reduces pick-up, hauling and landfilling costs. Read on for easy ways to return them.
"The machines at my local store are often out of service, how can I redeem my containers?"
  • Ask for a hand count! There may be limits on daily returns (see FAQ here), but any store that sells these containers is required to redeem them.
  • Even bent/crushed containers can be returned provided that the Oregon refund marking is visible.   
A quick poll of Recycling Advocates board members showed that:
  • Several members drop off containers to be hand counted while they shop at local stores such as Grocery Outlet, New Seasons or Trader Joe's. 
  • Some drop off containers at New Seasons or Thriftway stores as a donation to local schools. 
  • A couple admit to leaving containers in yellow curbside bins, knowing that they'll be retrieved by passersby before the truck arrives.
By Susan Mead, Recycling Advocates Co-Secretary

Are you curious how to do more along the ‘Reduce’ spectrum of the recycling hierarchy?  Look no further and order your tickets to the movie, “Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things.”

Close on the heels of their podcast launch on the same subject in early 2016, Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus have set out to explain their journey towards creating more, consuming less, and experiencing real freedom in this 80-minute documentary. If that piques your interest, then reserve your tickets for the film screening in the local metro area next month:
  • Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2015
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: Regal Cinema 99 Stadium 11, 9010 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, WA 98665
Minimalist TrailerFor more information and to reserve your tickets today go to   

Please note, this film screening relies on a minimum number of advance tickets sales to show, so sign up today!
Do Just One Thing
By Holly Hummel, Recycling Advocates Treasurer

Tempted by one of those services that delivers ready to prepare meals with everything from spices to ingredients packaged in plastic?  Just say NO to all that packaging.

Make the choice to live sustainably by saying NO to individual serving meals dished up in plastics. Instead, please join us in choosing to shop locally when possible, supporting local growers and local food markets. 

Do you have feedback, or an idea to share? Send it to

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 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. 

Become a member of Recycling Advocates and help us continue to spread waste prevention ideas and the value of waste prevention tactics.

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.

We thank you for your passion, support and commitment to protecting Oregon’s environment! 
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