Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter


March 2015 | |

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

Your Voice Counts - Use It!
A Day at the Fair with Recycling Advocates
Sunnyside Students Say No to Styro!
Coming Soon: "Let's Talk Trash" Event 

Your Voice Counts - Use It!
by Betty Patton, Recycling Advocates President

Oregon’s 2015 Legislature is currently in session with a lot of issues to consider. Recycling Advocates is following a few bills in both the House and Senate and have given you updates on some of those in our newsletters over the last couple of months. I want to encourage all of RA’s friends and members to contact their state house and senate members to show support or concern for pending legislation.

Oregon State SealYour voice counts. Our representatives will be happy to know that not only do they have interested constituents who are paying attention, but they have informed ones as well. If your representative is on the committee that is hearing a bill, share your opinion on that legislation. Even if they aren’t on the responsible committee, let them know that when it does come to the floor, you are aware of the impact of passage. Speak up with knowledge and confidence. And thank you!

If you do not know who your representatives are or how to contact them, here is a link that provides you with the information.
A Day at the fair with Recycling Advocates 
by Katie Allen, Recycling Advocates Board Member at Large

Once again the PGE Earth Day Fair was a big hit with the lunch crowd surrounding the World Trade Center.  The event this year hosted a wide variety tables from GoBox, to Drive less.Connect, to yours truly Recycling Advocates.  We spoke with folks about how to reduce container and food waste during their lunch hours and we even raffled off a one year membership to GoBox to one lucky attendee. 

Earth Day FairBeyond introducing our group to the many visitors who stopped by the booth, RA volunteers and board members engaged with Green Team members from all over the downtown area and encouraged their participation in educational programs like Master Recycler. 

While we do see a lot of room for improvement when it comes to education and signage of the current recycling/composting rules, we were delighted to see that so many people are interested in conserving energy and reducing waste! 

To be involved at our next tabling event just email your contact information to
Sunnyside Students Say No to Styro!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

A group of committed citizens, students at Sunnyside elementary school, provided testimony to the Oregon House in March of this year supporting HB 2762 to ban the use of polystyrene in lunchrooms at public schools. With only one amendment, it passed out of the house 47 to 10! Recycling Advocates pledges to continue to support this bill and stand by the Sunnyside students as it travels through the senate.
Coming Soon: Let's Talk Trash Event at Clinton Theater 

Do you have your tickets yet? This event is sure to be popular!
  • What: Let's Talk Trash event with Science on Tap
  • When: May 5th, doors open at 6pm, program begins at 7pm.
  • Where: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Portland
From Oregon Metro:
Food scraps comprise almost one-fifth of the amount of material our region sends to landfills every year – enough to fill 5000 long-haul trucks. These food scraps can provide compost, energy and other benefits to communities, but what are the most desirable environmental and economic approaches to dealing with this resource? What impacts do food scraps have on the climate, water supplies, energy, and food security?

Let's Talk TrashDavid Allaway, senior policy analyst with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, will share insights for different ways of dealing with food scraps while reducing what we throw away.

This Let's Talk Trash event is held in conjunction with Science on Tap, a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Tickets are $8 in advance, or suggested donation of $10 at the door, proceeds benefit Science on Tap.

Click to learn more or purchase tickets
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  • 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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