Master Recycler Newsletter—October 2015

Three Steps to Safer Use of Food Plastics

It isn’t easy to make safe and healthy choices with plastic. The numbers included on the labeling only identifies the main resin in a package for food. There may be any amount of unnamed chemicals added to resins to make plastic products. Furthermore, there is a lot that is not known or fully tested about each resin.



The Beaverton Building,12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton
Wednesday November 4, 6-8 p.m., 

You're invited to the second of quarterly potlucks, socials and meetings for Master Recyclers living, working or volunteering on the west side. It'll be a fun evening including a guest speaker, shared potluck, fun activities and time for updates. Please send suggestions for speakers to Brian. Please RSVP.

If you have any questions about the event or how to register, please contact: Brian Stafki, 503-846-3651,



Thank you to those who completed their 30 hour commitment and became Certified Master Recyclers this month.

Cindy with classmate Jason Rosenblatt at Celebrate Hillsboro.

Hillsboro residents from the County Fair to the Tuesday Marketplace got to learn about recycling and waste prevention from Cynthia Polsky (Class 47). She also helped coworkers get the word out at the Intel, Earth Day celebration and talked to folks at her church women's group.


Calvin Agricola holds the Crate and Barrel Green Business Award. 

From the Crawfish Festival to the VegFest and several brewer's festivals in between, Calvin Agricola (Class 55) ensured that events were as green as possible by providing volunteer green team supervision and training. He also worked over 20 hours to start a green team that resulted in Crate and Barrel earning the Green Business Award through Washington County! 


Jason, right, and Chase Ballew at the Fix-it Fair.

Jason Gozdecki (Class 58) covered just about every topic with his volunteer time. He started in February at the Fix-It Fair, sharing resources for reuse and swapping through the Resourceful PDX campaign. He promoted The ReBuilding Center at the Home and Garden Show, went to Good in the Hood with messages about toxics reduction and answered questions about recycling and composting at the Milwaukie Farmer's Market and Sunday Parkways.


Steven Mayok (Class 58) spent most of his time as a lead member of one of the most innovative and effective green teams ever. From the Bike Commute Challenge and EcoChallenge to paper reduction challenges and SOLVE cleanups, Sussman Shank LLP is taking it all on. Steven is working with the green team to have the company certified through the Sustainability at Work program. First Steven—next the whole office!

Kim with Megan McCoy promoting the Rebuilding Center.

Kim Reid (Class 58) did all sorts of cool things to earn her Certificate. She started a recycling program in her church and organized recycling for their SOLVE cleanup. She promoted waste prevention through The ReBuilding Center and Resourceful PDX. Kim completed her 30 hours on a project with many other Master Recyclers to help assess how Sunday Parkways can improve their recycling rate. They planned and implemented a waste audit and assessment that will give valuable information about how to make this green event even greener! 

Leah Schrodt (Class 57)

Leah Schrodt (Class 57)

Volunteer Opportunities


Conservation News


GOGREEN Portland

White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch St., Portland
Tuesday October 6, 2015

Experience GoGreen Portland on Tuesday, October 6 at the White Stag Building for a full day of networking, peer-to-peer-learning and empowering dialogue on how to build a more sustainable future for our region. The program features innovative regional business leaders and organizations who are making dramatic shifts to build and reinforce cutting edge sustainability initiatives.

Lots of Master Recyclers will be there. 

Registration & Cost: Tickets range from $45-$175, check out the Registration page for full details

Enter MASTERRECYCLER in the discount code for 30% off full conference tickets.



Saturday October 17, 1 – 3:30 pm
Community Warehouse in Portland, 3969 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Portland

For more information, visit Repair PDX online.


Job Opportunities

Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Energy Performance Reporting Specialist (Closes 10/5/2015)

This position is responsible for providing technical assistance to support Portland’s Energy Performance Reporting Policy. This position works closely with Portland's commercial building industry, local energy utilities, and energy efficiency service and incentive providers. This position provides expert technical support to owners or their agents by phone, email and in-person on how to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free web-based program offered by the US Environmental Protection Agency.  More info and how to apply at the job board.

More opportunities at the Master Recycler Job Board.