Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter

September 2017 | |

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

BYOC Campaign Update 
By Brion Hurley, Recycling Advocates President

Brion HurleyWe had a great Annual Meeting on September 14th! We enjoyed talking with BYOC campaign volunteers and hearing about what was working at various coffee shops to get them on board with the campaign.

Attendees picked up buttons, bookmarks, window clings and stickers to help spread the word around town. 

Guest speaker Pete Chism-Winfield gave us a fascinating update on Recycling 101 - it's great to hear that enrollments in the course have come not just from outside of Oregon but from all over the world. 
  Pete Chism-Winfield
Pete's presentation was followed by an animated discussion about recent changes in plastics recycling at Far West Recycling - see Holly Hummel's "Do Just One Thing" article for more on that topic. 
Our thanks once again to campaign supporters Nectar CafeJet Black Coffee CompanyCaffe D'ArtePappacino'sand Common Grounds Coffee House for donating door prize items - three lucky drawing winners went home with coffee, travel mugs and gift vouchers.

And lastly thanks to Double Mountain BreweryDrink Think and New Seasons for contributing beer, wine and snacks. 
If you know of local coffee shops doing great work to reduce disposable coffee cup usage and other waste, please reach out to us and let us know we'd like to feature them in a future newsletter.

If you'd like to get involved with the campaign just email or leave us a message at 503-777-0909. 
Bonita Davis Joins RA Board of Directors

We are delighted to welcome Bonita Davis to Recycling Advocates' Board of Directors. Bonita has been an active volunteer with our BYOC campaign and has attended many board meetings over the last year, sharing her great ideas and enthusiasm. 

Bonita says "I’ve always enjoyed our natural environment and saw firsthand the healing affect nature has on us after working as a recreational therapist for nearly four decades. 

Observing the increase of one-time-use disposables and the growing number of convenience items and the resultant litter and growing landfills, led me to do something!   Changing some of my behaviors came first, then after completing the Master Recycling Class in 2012 I learned I could make even more changes.  The course gave me not only a wealth of information and resources, but a path for action to help educate and encourage reduction, reuse and recycling of materials in the community. 

Joining Recycling Advocates takes it to another level.  Engaging with other like-minded people is not only energizing and inspiring, but provides opportunities to be part of the solution through direct action as part of a committed group of advocates."   
Go Green Portland, October 17th

GoGreen Portland's 10th annual conference begins on Tuesday, October 17 at the Gerding Theater (Portland Center Stage). RA President Brion Hurley will be part of the panel for the session "Culture of Collaboration: An Employee Engagement Workshop”.

Also be sure to catch the talk: “Breakfast Club Special: How Coffee Shops and Bakeries serve up Energy Efficiency”. Bring your BYOC cups and stickers!

Join Brion, GoGreen, and other regional organizations and business leaders who are working to build and improve sustainability initiatives.

Learn more GoGreen Portland website and register today using this link. Use the code RENEW30 for a 30% discount on your ticket. 
Some shocking numbers from CRI

Bottled WaterAccording to the Container Recycling Institute, in 2013 Americans bought an estimated 42.6 billion plastic water bottles in sizes of one gallon or less in 2010. 72% of those bottles - that's over 30 BILLION - ended up in landfills or incinerators, while hundreds of millions ended up littering the land and waterways.

By 2015 the numbers had risen to a staggering 58 billion sold, with 68% (nearly 40 BILLION) not recycled. 

Master Recycler Dawn Gifford offers a great rundown of the negative environmental impacts of these bottles in her post "Why You Should Give Up Bottled Water For Good", on her website at
Do Just One Thing: Learn about the changes at Far West Recycling
By Holly Hummel, RA Treasurer

As you may have heard, Far West Recycling no longer accepts most plastics, except for #1 and #2 plastic bottles. Here's some background: 

In the past, the plastics collected by Far West Fibers have been bundled up and shipped to China where small mom and pop companies have sorted through them and reclaimed what is recyclable and throw the rest “ away” in their gargantuan trash heaps.

The Chinese are outraged over noxious air and befouled waterways. The Chinese government claims that the pollution is from the importation of plastic scrap and from plastic emissions. The Chinese government has responded with its GREEN FENCE initiative.

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.
  • 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.

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! 
Other Ways to Support Recycling Advocates

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