Recycling Advocates was lucky to have Cindy Correll, the Oregon Chapter Coordinator of the Reuse Alliance
, speak at our annual meeting earlier this month. Cindy and her cadre of volunteers have brought the Reuse Alliance and the Repair Cafe
to Portland armed with ideas and events â€“ and a mission that is perfectly aligned with what Recycling Advocates is all about.
The Reuse Alliance has spawned chapters in a handful of other states and is holding annual conferences to help connect these chapters and encourage other like-minded individuals and groups to get involved. This yearâ€™s Reuse Conex conference
is in Austin, Texas October 23rd
through the 25th
The Reuse Alliance has also created the very successful neighborhood Repair CafÃ©
events. These gatherings are where residents can bring in a broken or under-utilized item and be matched with a handy volunteer who will either repair the item, or will train and encourage the itemâ€™s owner to complete the repair themselves. Often the interaction is simply explaining how to use and maintain the item: Got a sewing machine, but donâ€™t know how to use it? Need someone to help get you started on that plunge router in your basement? Have a toaster oven that needs fixing? The Repair CafÃ© will find someone to help and inspire you, with the goal of keeping another usable item out of the landfill.
Following Ms. Correllâ€™s presentation, our audience shared waste prevention ideas that each attendee uses in their daily lives. How inspiring! These ideas will be posted on our Facebook page, where we encourage you and others to share your own ideas and add to the list!
Recycling Advocatesâ€™ board member, Katie Allen updated the group on the progress of the Hold the Bag campaign. Katie and several volunteers have been researching the type of waste that is being generated through the process of making a purchase at a food cart. Theyâ€™ve been talking with the food cart owners and customers to glean behaviors, attitudes and ideas. Encouraging food cart customers to bring their own bags or not to use one at all, as well as bring their own food container, is a challenging and a rewarding task. Katie could use more volunteers to help with designing and implementing outreach material and with further research and preparation work.
Recycling Advocates also would like to thank Lucky Lab for the wonderful facility, good service and for offering the delicious pizza and beer.
The Annual Meeting is one of the rare opportunities for our members and friends to get together and share ideas. Please keep our mission statement in mind: Recycling Advocates is a grassroots organization dedicated to involving citizens in creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Thank you all for attending and being part of this on-going mission.