Master Recycler Newsletter—December 2015

The Power of Repair

Do you have a favorite repair shop? You know, somewhere you go because you actually trust them with your stuff? I do! Well, I have several. But, hands down, my favorite is Mike at OMG?!? Computer repair. He has kept my laptop going with minor repairs, saves and a few upgrades. When my computer finally displayed the dreaded “blue screen of death”, he gave me recommendations on a computer that would suit my needs and be easy for him to keep repairing long into the future.

There is a growing “repair movement” afoot that is empowering people to make their stuff last longer... Read more.


Clackamas Training Opportunity coming

Clackamas County, Development Services Building , 150 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City
Late January/early February 2016

Feeling rusty on recycling topics? No problem! Clackamas County staff are hosting a special refresher training on recycling and waste reduction topics, gain confidence and learn how to give group presentations and more. Get inspiration and connect with a Master Recycler mentor. Dates and location aren’t quite set yet, but will be announced in the calendar and upcoming newsletter. To submit a training topic that interests you or for more information contact or call 503-742-4463.


Metro Wraps up a Healthy Homes Season with a Thank You to Master Recyclers 

Greener cleaners, pesticides alternatives and non-toxic body care, Metro's Healthy Homes booth is a great way for Master Recyclers talk about health and sustainability. Each year we join in on Metro's campaign and staff booths at county fairs, food harvests, homebuyers fairs and more... Read more.



Thank You to Our Newest Centurion

Image curtesy of Oregonian Kelly White at lights collection for FGCS

Kelly White (Class 57) is now officially a Master Recycler Centurion. Kelly volunteered 130 hours teaching folks of all ages in Cornelius, Forest Grove and Hillsboro. She started out helping improve sustainability practices at the Forest Grove Community School so hey would become a Certified Green School (her efforts even got covered in The Oregonian -pictured below). She also helped organize Take Care of Cornelius Day and participated in Centro Cultural's Repair Fair. Most recently, Kelly spent a pleasant summer joining the amazing team at the Forest Grove Waste Center at the Farmer's Market. Thank you Kelly for all your wonderful work!


New Certified Master Recyclers

Caitlin Ahearn at Nature's Needs - Recology Organics.

Caitlin Ahearn is the first person from Class 60 to complete 30 hours of volunteer commitment. Caitlin offered several presentations in Hillsboro and Tigard. She shared simple tips about cleaning without toxics and ideas of how to avoid food waste through the Eat Smart, Waste Less campaign.


Mary Healy (Class 57) became a certified Master Recycler doing what she loves to do: teach! A retired school grade teacher, Mary volunteered at Holy Trinity Catholic School teaching kids about the life cycle of stuff. In her innovative presentation, she doled out costumes for kids to demonstrate all of the different players and resources that go into bringing ketchup to the table. She provided this same presentation, along with tips on how to talk to grade school kids, in a presentation to Class 60.

Mary Healy (first row on the right) after a presentation to Class 60.


Jill Briney (Class 53) focused her 30 hours close to home. She was especially interested in talking to family and neighbors about healthy choices and greener cleaners. For one of her most innovative projects, she made greener cleaner products with special labels to hand out at a baby shower where she explained why it was important to use non-toxic alternatives. She also offered presentations on topics such as greener cleaners and recycling for residents from her condo community.


Dena Hastings (Class 46) also completed her hours this month. She started out creating instructional handouts for community organizations who checked out the City of Portland’s event recycling and composting equipment. Another project she participated in was through Create Plenty, an organization that works on schools projects that engages high school students in waste recovery and prevention.


Volunteer Opportunities

More opportunities at the Master Recycler Volunteer Calendar.


Beaverton Sustainability Advisory Committee

Food Pantry Phone Survey, Clackamas County

School Waste Sorts with K-12 students, Clackamas County


Hillsboro Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge Presentation

Thursday January 7, 2016


Build Remodel and Landscape Show, Portland (Rebuilding Center table)

Friday January 8, 2016

Saturday January 9, 2016

Sunday January 10, 2016


Renovation and Landscape Show, Portland (Rebuilding Center table)

Friday January 22, 2016



Fix-It Fair, Portland (multiple opportunities)


Saturday January 23, 2016

Sunday January 24, 2016


Sherwood Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge Presentation

Saturday January 23, 2016

Eddyline at Bridgeport Apartments, Portland (Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge presentation)

Saturday December 5, 2015


FIRST LEGO Robotics League Tournament Judges

Saturday December 5, 2015

Sunday December 6, 2015

Saturday December 12, 2015

Sunday December 13, 2015


Salvation Army's Silvercrest Residence, Portland (multifamily presentation)

Tuesday December 8, 2015


Hillsboro Boys & Girls Club Christmas Family Night (Eat Smart, Waste Less table)

Thursday December 17, 2015


The Christmas Revels, Portland (event recovery)

Thursday December 17 – Tuesday December 22, 2015



Job Opportunities

Sustainable Northwest Forest Program Associate

Closes December 23. Visit the Master Recycler Job Board for more information. 


Contributions to this month's newsletter include J Lauren Norris, Alicia Polacok and Wing Grabowski.