Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter

September 2018 | |

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

Annual Meeting Invitation

Join us at the Sierra Club on October 24th for our 2018 Annual Meeting! 

We're delighted that Kirk Mustain, GM of Bon Appetit at the University of Portland, has agreed to talk about his experiences implementing waste reduction processes at UP, including replacing disposable products with durables, and minimizing food waste. (For a sneak preview of Bon Appetit's great sustainability initiatives take a look at Cafe Bon Appetit website

Kirk joins Jules Bailey who will give us an update on OBRC activities, including opening BottleDrop centers around the state and overseeing the 2018 bottle bill expansion. 

We'll give a progress report on our BYOC campaign, and as always we'll provide snacks and drinks. The event is FREE, and all of our members, supporters and subscribers are welcome. 
Bon Appetit
Campaign Update: Spotlight on Nossa Familia

by Brion Hurley, RA President

Nossa Familia Coffee opened a new location last month on SE 20th and Division at Seven Corners, and those of you following our coffee cup reduction campaign are going to be super excited about this cafe!

They are already known for their sustainability efforts. They are a Certified B Corporation, and they were the first coffee roaster in Oregon to achieve this distinction. They are a certified Organic handling facility by Oregon Tilth. They switched to 100% renewable (wind) electricity through Portland General Electric, and they switched all of their retail and wholesale bags to a more sustainable line of bags from Pacific Bags Inc. called Biotré. They also use reclaimed furniture in all their stores.

But they have really stepped up their efforts with their new location - just for starters, they charge 25 cents for to-go cups! They are trying to be a “zero waste” and carbon neutral cafe (see menu photo below). It’s printed right on the menu, under “Reducing Environmental Impact

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Nossa Familia

Zero Waste Conference

Are you interested in networking with zero waste and minimal waste enthusiasts in the Portland area, while learning about the latest tips, regulations, and initiatives?
Join us for Portland’s first Zero Waste Conference.

What is Zero Waste?
It’s a popular approach that many people are adopting to reduce the amount of material they generate that is being sent to landfills or incinerators. It can be something done by an individual, a household, an organization or a business.

What is the Zero Waste Conference?
The Zero Waste Conference is a sustainability learning experience featuring regionally-targeted content and recognized leaders from the community.
Its mission is to empower attendees with the information, tools, and connections to “Make Portland Green Again”.

Sunday October 14th, 2:00 - 6:00 PM
5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215

Visit for full details and to register.
This event will be a “pay what you can” model. The suggested donation for attending the event is $25, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you cannot afford a donation you are welcome to attend, please email to be added to the list of attendees.
...Only a few seats remaining so register today! 

ZW Conference
For details of local area 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 @
Waste Management Infographics

Portland artist and environmental steward Damien Lopez created these two colorful and fun infographics, he says "Each poster is meant to be used as a reference, and features original characters along with fun graphics meant to engage Portland, OR residents young and old in order to promote proper waste management at home. The garbage, recycling and composting information shown is based on the standards described on the following sites:

You may download the posters for free HERE"

Our thanks to Damien for sharing these great posters with RA's newsletter readers!
Poster1 Poster 2

BottleDrop Accounts by the Numbers 
By Holly Hummel, RA Treasurer

BottleDrop ExpressBottleDrop – A whole new thing for Oregon! Here’s my take on Oregon’s BottleDrop system for handling returnable beverage containers: at any of the BottleDrop centers you can feed containers into a reverse vending machine and cash out your refund on the spot (just the way you used to at the grocery store). But a new and very convenient way to redeem your bottle and can deposits is to fill and drop off a green BottleDrop bag. Here’s how it works:

  1. You need to sign up for an account - don't worry, it's easier than it sounds, you just need an Oregon identification card. For me, it was my driver’s license.
  2. You can sign up for an account at any BottleDrop Redemption Center or at a store kiosk. There are 24 BottleDrop Redemption Centers which are open from 8am to 7pm, seven days a week. You can find the BottleDrop Redemption Center closest to you by clicking on this link:
  3. An easy was to open your account is to visit a BottleDrop kiosk. There are BottleDrop kiosks at all Fred Meyer stores, and you can also find them at Safeway, QFC and Albertsons stores.
Take the Pledge! 

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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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