Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter


July 2015 | |

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

by Rhett Lawrence, Recycling Advocates Vice President
Well, the Oregon Legislature rumbled to its finale on Monday, July 6. In what was a generally disappointing session for environmental issues, at least we had a few victories on some recycling and solid waste issues. Here are final updates for the bills we were tracking at the end of the session:
- As noted in previous newsletters, House Bill 2762 will phase out polystyrene plates, trays, food containers and food packaging in Oregon’s public schools. The bill was signed by Governor Brown on June 16 and is now law! This legislation from Rep. Rob Nosse is a legacy issue for RA, given our involvement in the ban on polystyrene food packaging in Portland in the late 80s. RA submitted testimony for the committee hearings in both the House and Senate. The bill was weakened somewhat to make it easier for school districts to opt out from the phase-out, but we still believe it to be a bill well worthy of our support.
- HB 2803 clarifies the definition of bottle bill deposit centers and impact zones. It passed out of the House in April, got voted out of the Senate in the waning days of the session, and was signed by the Governor on July 20.
- SB 245 and SB 263 modify funding mechanisms for DEQ to implement materials management programs by increasing tipping fees for the first time in many years, and update waste prevention and recycling requirements. Governor Brown signed SB 245 into law July 6 and signed SB 263 on June 22.
So again, it was slim pickings for real environmental accomplishments this session. But let’s take a moment to celebrate the small victories when we can. These four bills will have real impact on solid waste and recycling in Oregon, so that’s worth celebrating!

Annual Meeting Invitations Coming Soon

Watch your Inbox for an invitation to Recycling Advocates' 2015 Annual Meeting. It's free and open to all members and friends of Recycling Advocates. Food and drinks provided, and we have a terrific speaker lined up - you'll have to read your invitation to see who it is!  

Sierra Club LogoThe meeting will be at the Sierra Club on September 1st, doors open at 6:30pm, the program/party begins at 7pm. We hope you'll join us there! 
Coffee Discounts Here! Get Your Discounts!   

Katie Allen, Recycling Advocates Board Member At Large

RA Coffee CupDid you know that lots of coffee shops offer discounts for using your own mug instead of getting that icky cardboard cup? 
Places we know of:
  • Kobos Coffee at 200 SW Market St
  • PSU Dining Service campus coffee shops
  • Yo’s coffee cart at PNCA
We would love to see this list grow, so please tell us about food vendors who give discounts for providing your own containers or reusable mugs. We want to promote shops that are doing their part to keep single use items out of the landfill.

Email us at , we'll share the list of vendors at our annual meeting on September 1st!
The Rooster is Here

We're excited to partner with The Rooster as they arrive in Portland. Check them out at Sign up to join this community that's all about sharing, reusing and recycling. 

Become a member of Recycling Advocates and help us continue to spread waste prevention ideas and the value of waste prevention tactics.

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
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Membership Levels 
Advocate $25 - Friend $50 - Supporter $100 - Sustainer $250
Gifts of any amount gratefully received.

We thank you for your passion, support and commitment to protecting Oregon’s environment! 
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