Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter

February 2018 | |

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

BYOC Volunteer Training and Outreach
By Bonita Davis

Bonita DavisJoin Recycling Advocates on March 10th for a quick and fun training session on how to become part of the Bring Your Own Cup Campaign. Be part of the team that visits coffee shops to learn what is being done to reduce waste created by the one-time-use white paper cup, through incentives to bring your own cup and durable dine-in options. We'll have fun and provide effective BYOC tools and tips.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 10th

Where: New Seasons Market-Seven Corners, 954 SE Division St. Dining Area
When: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday March 10th
Transportation info: Bike parking available. Tri Met Bus #4. Parking in lot and on Street
  • 1:30 pm learn about the Bring Your Own Coffee Cup Campaign ( BYOCC) and how to talk to local  coffee shop owners and managers encouraging the use of durables and BYOC to reduce the one time use, non-recyclable "paper cup."  All materials provided.
    • Learn about Recycling Advocates and the BYOC Campaign
    • Practice conducting a coffee shop survey
    • Go out and survey and talk to a local shop with a Recycling Advocates partner or on your own. We will have a list of opportunities throughout the Metro area, including shops near where you work or live.
  • If you wish, rejoin us and share your experience between 3:30-4:00 pm at New Seasons.
Once familiar with the survey you can continue to volunteer to reach out to coffee shops. As part of the ongoing campaign RA hopes to visit over 250 local area coffee shops
Time spent on this campaign counts as Master Recycler payback hours.

New Seasons Seven CornersFor more information and to sign up:
Bonita Davis
503 317 4787
bonitajdavis @

Our thanks to New Seasons Seven Corners for providing the venue for this event!  
"Put a Button On It" Fix-it Event this Saturday

Here We Go AgainWe want to give some props to a local business that has been inspired by the Fix-It Fairs and Repair Cafe Events happening in and around PDX.  Here We Go Again is a deluxe resale shop with two locations in Portland.  On Saturday, February 24, Here We Go Again will be hosting a "Put a Button on it" event at their John's Landing location.  This is a FREE clothing re-hab event that is designed to help community members make the most of the clothing they already own.

Here We Go Again will have sewists on hand to do light repairs and offer consultation on alterations.  This is a chance to bring your light mending to a local shop that has been advocating clothing reuse for over 25 years in business!  Recycling Advocates Board Member Denise Slattery will be on hand as a "sewist" as will Here We Go Again owner Chris Gauger, a long time supporter of Recycling Advocates.  This is a FREE event - but we are happy to accept donations of any amount to the Recycling Advocates fund.  Got Mending?  See you there!  
Date:  Saturday, February 24
Time:  2:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: Here We Go Again, 0511 SW Carolina St., Portland, Oregon 
Phone:  503-244-6910
New MRF CT Rules
By Betty Patton, past president
Metro ReportAs many of you know, Metro has been in the process of defining licensing methodologies of MRFs (material recovery facility) and CT (conversion technology) facilities. Recycling Advocates participated in this multi-stakeholder planning discussion. The facility administrative rules have been finalized and signed and impacted facilities have until January 1, 2019 to become licensed.

The staff report is available on Metro’s website here.
Sustainability and Recycling Meetup Group 
By Brion Hurley, RA President

Brion HurleyDo you want to talk about recycling, reuse, composting, sustainability or other random topics with other like minded people? Either over coffee or beer, on a regular basis?
There is a Meetup group called "Portland Recycling and Sustainability Lovers" that you might want to check out.
YMeetupou can sign up for free to learn about upcoming happy hours, coffee get-togethers, events and workshops related to environmental topics (similar to what we discuss in our newsletters).
Check out the upcoming events here:
BYOC in Motion

Check out these local Portland residents who bring their own cup with them! Our thanks to Shariff and Bobby for doing the right thing and rejecting single-use cups. 

Do you have a photo you’d like to share with us? Let us know what motivates you to BYOC, and what tips you have for not forgetting your cup. We'll post favorite stories and pics on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

NE Portland Fix-it Fair 

If you can't make it to John's Landing on February 24th for Here We Go Again's fix-it event there's a City of Portland Fix-It Fair at Madison High School in NE Portland from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Fix-It FairBring an item that needs fixing, or just come to enjoy free workshops on topics such as:
  • Water and energy savings
  • Neighborhood and community resources
  • Recycling
  • Weatherizing your home
  • Yard care and composting
...also be sure to stop by the Recycling Advocates table and say hi to our board members and volunteers!

See for more Fix-it Fair information.
For details of other events like these 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 @
Take the Pledge! 

BYOCVisit 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! 
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