Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter

January 2017 | |

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

This Thursday evening join Recycling Advocates' board and staff in Northeast Portland for an evening of lively conversation and brainstorming. Learn about our BYOC campaign to reduce the waste associated with disposable coffee cups, share your ideas and creative talents, and help us take the campaign to the next stage.

BYOCPart party, part meeting, the event is free and open to all Recycling Advocates volunteers, members and friends. Master Recyclers are especially welcome - come hear about volunteering opportunities with the campaign and at upcoming tabling events.  

As always at RA events there will be great eats and drinks provided!
  • What: RA Members, Friends and Volunteers Gathering
  • When: Thursday, January 26th 7pm 'til 9pm 
  • Where: Close-in Northeast Portland, RSVP for the address
We hope you can make it - drop us a line at or leave a
message at (503) 777-0909.
Think travel mugs are too bulky to carry around? Try one of these cool colorful collapsible cups! 
"Recycling 101" DEQ Grant Awarded

RA recently partnered with AOR to submit a grant application to the DEQ for updating and promoting the online course "Recycling 101". We're delighted to announce that the grant has been awarded, and we look forward to working with AOR over the coming months. 

Recycling 101 is modeled after the Master Recycler program, covering topics such as:
  • The life-cycle of recyclables
  • The impact of hazardous waste
  • How to manage compostables
  • How to reduce waste at home and in the workplace.
Offered through Oregon State University, the online course is self-paced and available to everyone, so it's a great option for Oregonians in rural communities who don't have access to Master Recycler programs.
Pete Chism-Winfield, AOR Chair, says:

“With gratitude, the Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR) will accept Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) grant funds to market Recycling 101, the online class, to Oregonians living in rural areas. This is an exciting partnership between AOR, DEQ, and Recycling Advocates to advance a clearer understanding of our consumption habits and how they fit into the system of materials and waste management, through taking the Recycling 101 online class.” 

To learn more about the course or to enroll see
More Beer, Fewer Bottles!
Returnable refillable beer bottles are coming back to Oregon! OBRC, the company that facilitates our Bottle Bill, is partnering with the beer industry to create and implement a refillable beer bottle program. This is a program to collect, clean, sterilize, refill and distribute beer bottles for our states’ local breweries.

The collection infrastructure exists and is expanding through OBRC and they have already begun working through many of the hurdles. Their goal is to have the first stage of roll-out in about 18 months, probably starting with the larger 22 oz or 500 ml size. But first, working through all those hurdles – a glue for the labels that will wash off, non-standard bottles, verifying sterility, minimizing breakage, limiting to Oregon distribution – that is a partial list.

The goal is to get at least 7 uses out of each bottle. But we should set a higher goal – Germany gets 40 – 50! So thank you, OBRC and watch this space for updates!
Do Just One Thing: Be Mindful About Glass Recycling 
By Holly Hummel, Recycling Advocates Treasurer

Recyclable GlassGlass bottles and jars can be recycled curbside in your yellow bins, but what about other kinds of glass? 
  • Vases: if you have a surplus of vases in your cupboard, check in with your local florist who may take those vases back and reuse them.
  • Eyeglasses: Eyeglass providers may accept your old eyeglasses to refurbish for those in need. Costco is one provider that does this. 
Sadly, though, most other glass - for example picture framing glass, mirrors, drinking glasses etc. - goes in the trash unless it can be reused in some way. It has a different melting point from the glass used to make jars and bottles, so it becomes a contaminant in the recycling process.  

When in doubt, check out Metro’s website or call Metro Recycling at 503-234-3000. 
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 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! 
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