Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter

March 2018 | |

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

BYOC Volunteer Training Recap
By Bonita Davis

Training at New SeasonsRecycling Advocates was very pleased to welcome new volunteers to the Bring Your Own Cup Campaign (BYOC) on Saturday, March 10th at the Seven Corners New Seasons Market in SW Portland.

Coming from throughout the Metro region, twelve responded to the training opportunity through the Master Recycling Program, or from a recent BYOC tabling event at PlanetCon, or local Repair and Fix-It Fairs.

Volunteers discussed the checklist used to observe coffee shops, and discussed the waste reduction practices that were listed, then practiced their observations in the New Seasons Market coffee counter and dining areas. [Read More...]
Our grateful thanks to New Seasons Seven Corners for providing the venue for this event!  
Plastics Recycling Reboot, Spring 2018               
By Susan Mead, RA Secretary

Many of you are well aware of the reductions in non-curbside plastics recycling that are being driven by our key recyclable plastic waste recipient, China.  Unfortunately, this development is spreading to other recycling options you may have depended upon in the past.

While I was making one of my periodic deliveries of clean packaging peanuts to a UPS Store after the holidays, I found out that as of July 1, 2018, they will no longer be accepting peanuts of any kind for recycle. As a company, UPS is switching over to using the plastic film pillows that you have probably already seen in your package deliveries. This plastic film is still being accepted at many local grocery stores, but you may have to ask a store employee to locate the bin.
AgilyxAdditionally, I made my first trip to Agilyx recently as well. They offer recycling of clean, No. 6 Styrofoam block as well as other No. 6 polystyrene items such as to-go coffee cup lids, the trays in store-bought cookie boxes, and seed start trays. The drop boxes are open for residential drop-off’s 24/7 and are located in the far left corner of their parking lot next to the building, which is past a small dog park on SW Wall, which is a side street from their street address on SW Hunziker St. in Tigard.
For more information and directions to their facility, go to 
As Recycling Advocates learns of additional changes/cancellations/additions to non-curbside recyclables, we’ll be sure to include them in future newsletters.
Congratulations to Bonita Davis!

Bonita DavisOur wonderful board member Bonita Davis is an avid Master Recycler volunteer; she recently passed the 1000 hour mark, she's only the third person ever to do that! 

Read about Bonita's many accomplishments in the March Master Recycler newsletter, here

Thanks, Bonita, for everything you do for RA!

Read more BYOC in Motion stories on our website to learn what inspires people to bring their own cup.
Earth Day Fairs

PGE FairCome and visit Recycling Advocates' table at PGE's Earth Day Fair next month. Our board members and volunteers will be giving out "BYOC" info cards, bookmarks, stickers, magnets and more, and talking with attendees about the BYOC campaign and other waste reduction and recycling issues. 

PGE Earth Day Fair
Wednesday April 18th, 11 AM to 1 PM
World Trade Center Portland
26 SW Salmon

We'll also be at Earth Day fairs for Energy Trust and Rockwell Collins employees, do stop by if you work at either of those companies. Their fairs are on April 19th and May 2nd, respectively.  
For details of other events like these 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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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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