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Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter

April 2018 | www.recyclingadvocates.org | info@recyclingadvocates.org

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

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BYOC Campaign Update
By RA President Brion Hurley

Wind Horse Coffee and TeaOur Bring Your Own Cup (BYOC) campaign is now stretching out into Clackamas County. The first Clackamas County coffee shop to join the campaign is Wind Horse Coffee & Tea in Milwaukie.

Wind Horse started participating in the campaign in February 2018.

Staff have been in the habit of asking customers if they want their beverage for here or to-go, but having the BYOC window cling displayed in their front window, along with staff wearing the BYOC buttons proudly on their aprons are additional reminders for customers. 

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Our Thanks to Earth Day Fair Volunteers 

Last week's Earth Day Fairs at PGE and Energy Trust were fantastic opportunities to spread the "BYOC" message. RA President Brion Hurley and our rock-star volunteers talked with dozens of attendees, distributing campaign buttons, stickers, bookmarks and info cards, and recruiting new campaign volunteers.  

Our thanks to Cecelia Warner, Taunya McKee, Holly Meyer, Thomas Van Hevelingen and Dena Turner! 
Scrap the Cap, Tout the Spout! 
By Nancy Mogielnicki, Guest Contributor

After hearing Capt. Charles Moore (author of Plastic Ocean) talk about the Pacific Garbage Patch and the fact that bottle caps are the most numerous recognizable items
in the gyre, I examined my buying habits and realized A.)  that I didn't discriminate
between dairy/juice products with plastic caps and those with "old fashioned" pull open spouts and B.)  avoiding plastic caps is easy!  Luckily,  most of the large grocers in the Portland area sell cap-free dairy products, including New Seasons, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods 365 brand. 
 
Scrap the Cap!Plastic caps of all kinds litter the oceans and shores worldwide and are ingested by sea birds and marine species, often with fatal consequences.  
 
Admittedly, this is a tiny gesture among all of the retail choices that besiege us each day, but it is not insignificant.  Most of us drink or use some kind of dairy products regularly and our behavior can make a difference.  
 
What can you do? 
  1. Read more about "plastics in the ocean."  The statistics are overwhelming but campaigns such as BYOC, eliminating plastic straws and plastic bags, and attempts to clean up existing waste are heartening. 
  2. Examine your buying habits.  Are you avoiding bottled water, teas and juices but buying milk cartons with plastic caps?
  3. Compliment the retailers who sell cap-free products and alert those who don't (Organic Valley and Darigold are among them) that their caps are unnecessary as well as wasteful and polluting.
  4. Join the movement to require all plastic caps to be tethered to bottles for recycling.
Rockwell Collins Green Communities Grant

Our grateful thanks to Rockwell Collins for their generous support of our BYOC 2018 campaign!

Rockwell Collins is an international company with a facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. Again this year they have awarded Recycling Advocates a Green Communities grant to help us extend the reach of our campaign.
 
Since their Green Communities program began in 2004, Rockwell Collins has helped fund over 600 environmental projects, and contributed more than one million dollars. Read more about the program and 2018 grant recipients here.
 
Thank you, Rockwell Collins! 
Styrofoam Recycling Collection for SE Portland Residents

On May 19th from noon to 4PM New Seasons Market Seven Corners is offering local residents the opportunity to drop off #6 block Styrofoam for recycling. 

They ask that all Styrofoam is bagged and tied for easy drop off and storage, and note that this collection is intended for individuals not businesses. 

New SeasonsSaturday May 19th, 12PM - 4PM
New Seasons Market Seven Corners
1954 Southeast Division Street
For details of other events like this see the new Events Calendar on our website.
 
If there's an event you think we should add please drop us a line at info @ recyclingadvocates.org
Recycling Q&A with Metro Experts

On April 6th Metro recycling experts Matt Korot and Patrick Morgan went live on Facebook to answer questions about recycling. Topics included what's going on in China, whether recyclables are going to landfills, how to recycle plastics, and where we may be headed in the future. 

You can watch their 20 minute Q&A session here - the chat begins at about the 4-minute mark. 
Take the Pledge! 

BYOCVisit http://www.recyclingadvocates.org/take-the-pledge/ and add your name - pledge to:
Bring Your Own Cup
 

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

Here are some ways to contribute to Recycling Advocates that won't cost you a penny.
 

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