Master Recycler Newsletter—May 2016

Five Frequent Recycling Fallacies That Confuse Folks

You know the basics: paper, plastic and metal together in the recycling cart; glass on the side. But some items just don’t seem to fit nicely in those categories. Recyclers count on us to send them clean materials so they can turn them back into new products. 

So getting it right is important. Here are 5 items we Master Recyclers hear about all the time and what to do with them.



Don't Miss Your Garbage or Recycling Day Again

Residents in Portland, Gresham and NOW Washington County, can get Garbage and Recycling Day tools to keep track of garbage and recycling pick-up schedules. With the free tools, you can:

  • Receive collection-day reminders by phone, email or text.
  • Look up your garbage and recycling schedule.
  • Print your collection calendar at home.
  • Sync your collection schedule with your digital calendar.
  • Get notified about schedule changes due to weather and holidays.
  • Look up how to recycle or dispose of items.
  • Get information on your mobile devices through the Garbage and Recycling Day app (Apple and Android). 

Tell your friends to join Now  


Calling All Handy Master Recyclers! 

Mitzi Sugar at registration table.

The Repair Café and Repair Fair movement is on the rise in the Metro region and we are always looking for fixers. You can earn Master Recycler hours for volunteering. 

Read more....





Spring Westside Master Recycler Pub

Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce, 2417 Pacific Ave
Thursday, May 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Share food and beverages with fellow Master Recyclers and County staff. Hear from Master Recycler and owner of Rubbish Works, Betty Benson, about how she started and runs her own business. Play recycler jeopardy and recognize volunteer accomplishments.

This is part of a quarterly series of events for Master Recycler who work, live or play on the Westside. Please RSVP.

Master Recycler Tabling Training and Refresher Night for everyone

Metro 600 NE Grand, Room 370
June 2, 5:30-7 PM


Feeling a little rusty? Want a little more practice? Or perhaps you want to explore a new table you haven’t volunteered with before.

Get hands-on training for the Portland CAN: Save Food, Gresham and Washington County Eat Smart, Waste Less kits and the Resourceful PDX kit.

Regional program coordinators will lead the training. Refreshments will be provided!

RSVP: Bill Beamer at



Congratulations to Alicen Well (Class 59) for becoming a Certified Master Recycler! 

Alicen, right, with Nancy at the Troutdale Fest

Being from Welches, Alicen did lots of cool stuff in the most eastern parts of our region. She started recycling program at her workplace, Whispering Woods Lodge. She staffed a booth on an extremely hot day at the Troutdale Summer Fest and helped with Mt Hood Green Scene activities. Thank you Alicen! 



Volunteer Opportunities

Inspire and be the change!  Please help our community with their sustainability plans and events. Repair fairs, food waste preventing, recycling, sustainable consumption, community cleanups -- There are activities enough for everyone this coming month.

May Volunteer Opportunities (See the Calendar)


June Opportunities (See the Calendar)


Conservation News


Sustainable Oregon 2016

DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland
Wednesday June 8 to Friday June 10

Sustainable Oregon is a three-day interactive learning experience featuring cutting-edge educational sessions and workshops, local and national experts and speakers, facility tours, valuable networking opportunities, and an awards program celebrating the achievements of Oregon’s recycling, reuse, and waste reduction businesses and leaders. It will be located for the first time in history in Portland! 

For more information visit AOR online.


Job Opportunities

Lots of exciting jobs listings with deadlines coming up:

  • BPS Solid Waste & Recycling Assistant Program Specialist
  • Metro Solid Waste Information and Analysis Manager
  • Rebuilding Center Deconstruction Manager
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore Salvage Service Manager
  • and more

 for more visit Master Recycler Job Board.

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