Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter


December 2016 | |

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

Holiday Greetings from Recycling Advocates' Board!
RA: The Year in Review
By Betty Patton, Outgoing President of Recycling Advocates

Betty PattonMembers and donors, 2016 has been a busy and productive year thanks to you. With your support, RA has been a stronger influence for waste prevention in our neighborhood.
We have designed a solid BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup) campaign to encourage coffee shop customers to create less waste. As the pilot for this campaign gets into full swing, we are getting good feedback from the participating shops and increasing the number of participants in the Metro area. With the engagement of our volunteers, we are distributing more flyers, laminated signs, bookmarks, buttons and other BYOC reminders to a variety of shops. With your help, we are spreading the word about the lack of recyclability of the disposable cups and the generation of greenhouse gases from the manufacture. You are supporting environmental preservation programs and we thank you.
This fall at the RA Annual Meeting we elected board members who will continue to work with you to fulfill our mission: to involve people in creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. Waste reduction is the strongest tool we have to preserve our planet on a daily basis. Thank you for your part in this.
We look forward to a strong and productive 2017, continuing our BYOC campaign and strengthening the organization with your ideas, efforts and support. Thank you.
RA: Looking Ahead to 2017
By Brion Hurley, Recycling Advocates President

Brion HurleyDuring my first few months as president of Recycling Advocates I’ve gone back through some old documents to get a better understanding of the organization's history.

There is a long and rich history that has made a huge impact in the community. RA is a well-respected organization in the community and at the state level, and with the launch of our “single-use coffee cup reduction” campaign this year we are hoping to add to that legacy. I think this campaign has great promise in the Portland metro area, at the state level, and even nationally or internationally (almost everyone drinks coffee!).

That leads us to the next question: where is our organization headed in the future?

Campaign Update
By Brion Hurley, Recycling Advocates President

We are seeing some good results at Nectar Cafe. They have added the following options over the past few months: 
  • Window cling reminder on the front door
  • Offering reusable coffee cups for sale
  • Reminder table tents inside the store
They already offered dine-in cups and dishware, and highly encourage their use with each order. The feedback from customers has been positive with the new changes, and some have mentioned that the signs reminded them to bring their cups with them. 
Nectar Cafe Cups
BYOCWe will be launching a coffee shop ranking program very soon, to allow shops to compete with each other and to give them an incentive to encourage customers to bring their own cups.

Anyone interested in helping to survey/rank coffee shops should attend the Volunteer Meeting on Jan 26th to learn more! 
Coffee Shop Spotlight 
Common Grounds Coffeehouse
Common Grounds Coffeehouse at 4321 SE Hawthorne enthusiastically joined Recycling Advocates’ BYOC campaign in October. This shop, in business for 25 years, has recently been seeing a decrease in customers bringing their own cups, so the owners were happy to display RA’s information and reminders.

Common Grounds’ owners and baristas know their neighborhood, so they are hoping that the information motivates customers to ask for a "for here" mug, or to bring their own cup!
Common Grounds Mugs

"For here" mugs at Common Grounds Coffeehouse

By Betty Patton, RA Board Member at Large

BYOCVolunteers – are you ready to help reduce waste in your neighborhood? To reduce greenhouse gases? To help Recycling Advocates expand the BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup) campaign?

There are various tasks we could use your help with as we roll out the campaign across the region. Let’s get together on Thursday January 26th, 2017 to discuss plans, brainstorm ways to promote this waste prevention program, and to get ourselves motivated to set a good example when we grab a cup of coffee to go.

So please, RSVP to and put the date on your calendar! We will send out the address and other details early next month.
Thursday January 26, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 in NE Portland. Wine, beer and snacks provided. 
Hope to see you there!
What We're Reading
A recommendation from our newest board member, Denise Slattery

Denise Slattery"This is an article offering a look the behavioral economics of recycling, recently published in the Harvard Business Review.

The author is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Questrom School of Business, Boston University. She and her colleague conducted research looking at behavioral bias in recycling and disposal habits. She found that people are more likely to recycle items that haven’t been distorted—like undented soda cans and paper that hasn’t been torn into pieces (“distortion bias”) and that people are more likely to recycle items linked to an element of their identity—a Starbucks cup with their name on it, for example (“identity bias”). A third factor affects not what we recycle, but how much we recycle: people who know they are going to recycle after completing a task that generates waste tend to use far more resources than they otherwise would have.  

Just something to think about as we all sort through the behavioral issues related to recycling!"   

By the way, Denise's art works, made primarily with reused and recycled materials, are on display at Mountain Park Recreation Center, 2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace, until January 6th. Stop in and take a look!
Do Just One Thing: Styrofoam recycling at Far West Recycling
By Holly Hummel, Recycling Advocates Treasurer

Styrofoam can be recycled at Far West Recycling's Beaverton and Hillsboro locations for a $5.00 charge. 

Beaverton: 10750 SW Denney Road, Beaverton, OR  97008
Hillsboro: 6440 SE Alexander Street, Hillsboro, OR  97123
Here are the restrictions:
  • Only white block Styrofoam or white food trays.
  • White egg cartons are accepted.
  • Food trays must be clean. 
  • No dyed Styrofoam. 
  • No peanuts or popcorn. 
Far West Recycling can be reached at 503-255-2299. 

Still wondering about holiday recycling? Some more tips here, from KATU News
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. 

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