Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter

April 2017 | |

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

BYOC Campaign Update
By Brion Hurley, Campaign Coordinator and RA Board President
Brion HurleyThe Coffee Cup Reduction campaign is starting to show positive results from coffee shops who have really been engaged. Read Donna Lomnicki's great report below, about Papaccino's and their impressive 50% reduction in cup usage - her entire article is on our website here:
Nectar Cafe has launched a reusable mason jar program. Learn how it works at
BYOCIf you find other coffee shops doing great work to reduce disposable coffee cup usage and other waste, please reach out to us and let us know. And if you'd like to get involved with the campaign just email or leave us a message at 503-777-0909. 
Coffee Shop Spotlight: Papaccino's Coffee House
By Donna Lomnicki

This Woodstock neighborhood coffee shop certainly earns one of the top ranking for coffee cup reduction. As I look around the very inviting and comfy shop, about 90% of the patrons have reusable cups. I notice the “Bring Your Own Cup” literature on the counter, the bowl of BYOC buttons, and the smiling face of Julian.

He commented that “more people have been noticing the BYOC signs and commenting that they will bring their own cup”. In fact, since joining the BYOC campaign he's seen a 50% reduction in his orders for single-use coffee cups. 

Papaccino'sThe atmosphere at Papaccino's is very conducive for kicking back in an overstuffed chair, gazing out the large picture windows, enjoying a cup of coffee, or a catch up chat with a friend, reading the paper, computer work time, or as I do each Saturday, a fun robust game of cards.

Here they go the extra mile to reduce and reuse. The highlights are as follows: [Read More]

Rockwell Collins Green Communities Grant

Recycling Advocates thanks Rockwell Collins for its generous support of our BYOC campaign. Here is their announcement of this year's Green Communities grant recipients, we are honored to be on the list again this year:
Update on Oregon’s 2017 Legislative Session
By Rhett Lawrence, Recycling Advocates Vice President

As noted in last month’s newsletter, there are (or were) a handful of bills in the Oregon Legislature that Recycling Advocates is following. After the April 18 deadline by which bills had to be out of their committee of origin, here’s where some of those bills stand.

SB 199/HB 3105 – Extended Producer Responsibility for Household Hazardous Waste. 
  • These bills create manufacturer-funded environmentally sound return and disposal programs for products like solvents, herbicides, and pesticides. RA testified in favor of SB 199 in the Senate, but that bill didn’t make it out of committee and has given way to the House version, HB 3105. HB 3105 passed out of the House Energy and Environment Committee on April 17 and is now headed to the joint Ways and Means Committee.
HB 2386 / HB 2645 – Take back programs for drugs collected from individuals and nonbusiness entities.
  • These bills create a manufacturer-funded and environmentally sound take-back program for certain types of drugs sold to individuals, removing the financial responsibility of these programs from local governments and ratepayers. They were in the House Health Care Committee, but HB 2386 never made it out. However, HB 2645 passed out of committee on April 6 and is now also in Ways and Means.
HB 2746 – clarifies payment of deposit schedule for bottle bill regarding April 1, 2017 changes.
  • This bill clarified that regardless of beverage labeling, any container sold or returned from April 1, 2017 forward will have a fully refundable ten cent deposit. RA supported this bill, which passed out of both chambers and was signed by the Governor on March 28. As you all know, the deposit increase went into effect just days later.
HB 3349 – requires Oregon Liquor Control Commission to determine that adequate number of dealers and redemption centers exist in state to provide convenient service for return of empty beverage containers before expanding applicability of bottle bill or increasing refund value of beverage containers.
  • This bill would have required OBRC’s Bottle Drop redemption centers to be processing 60% of containers prior to this month’s increased deposit and prior to next year’s expansion of Bottle Bill coverage. Recycling Advocates opposed this bill and fortunately it failed to make it out of committee.
HB 3343 - Requires Oregon Liquor Control Commission to calculate and post on commission's website previous calendar year's number of beverage containers that carry refund value sold in Oregon during calendar year for all distributors and importers in Oregon.
  • Recycling Advocates has not had an opportunity to formally assess our position on this bill. However, our colleagues at the Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR) have opined that there’s no need for the bill and the unnecessary reporting requirements and costs it would impose on OLCC. The bill currently resides in the House Revenue Committee, awaiting further action.
Refillable Beer Bottle Program
By Brion Hurley, RA Board President
The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) has partnered with Double Mountain Brewery & Tap Room to pilot a program to refill beer bottles instead of crushing and recycling them. The new, more energy efficient process will be to clean and sanitize a modified 20 ounce beer bottle and return it to the brewers for refilling. 
Read more and watch a video about this innovative program at:
Earth Day Fairs

We had a terrific turnout for PGE's Earth Day Fair on April 18th. The spring weather brought Downtown Portland workers out from behind their desks, and Master Recycler volunteers Chatten Hayes and Nancy Matthias were fantastic, chatting with everyone about RA's BYOC campaign. We got great feedback and recruited several new campaign volunteers. Thanks, Chatten and Nancy! 

How ironic that our table was right next to Starbucks! It made a great conversation starter, and we were relieved that at least they brought their reusable plastic cups for the event.
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We could still use one more volunteer for the Rockwell Collins Earth Day Fair on May 2nd, it runs from 11am to 1pm at their Wilsonville campus (27300 SW Parkway Avenue), they're providing lunch afterwards. Email us at or call 503-777-0909 if you can help! 
Board Member Feature: Susan Mead

Susan MeadBoard Secretary Susan Mead is an Industrial Energy Efficiency Consultant with CLEAResult, a company that works with businesses and utilities to find ways to reduce energy consumption.

We first met Susan when she attended our 2014 annual meeting, where she volunteered to translate an article from a French-Canadian newspaper into English. She began attending board meetings shortly after that, and she joined Recycling Advocates' board a few months later.    

Susan says:
"As a Certified Master Recycler and avid hiker throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond, I want to be involved in causes that address ways to reduce waste generation so I can leave this planet cleaner than how I found it. And, I believe in 'Think Globally, Act Locally.'  Being a board member of RA inspires me to thoughtfully consume and pay attention to where all of my throw-aways end up... hint: there is no 'away'! "  
Thanks for all you do for Recycling Advocates, Susan!
Do Just One Thing
By Holly Hummel, Treasurer

When your child outgrows her car seat, there’s no reason to throw it away. can help you find places where you can take your car seat for recycling, if it can't safely be reused by another child (see their guidelines here). In the Portland metro area, you will  need to remove the soft fabric, padding, webbing and mixed plastic/metal components from the seat before dropping off the car seat for recycling. 

Note: until the end of April Target is offering a 20% discount on new car seats if you trade in your old one for recycling. More Info here

For other recycling questions, as always when in doubt call Metro Recycling Hotline at 503-234-3000, or visit their website "Ask Metro".

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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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! 
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