Master Recycler Newsletter -- March 2017

Beaverton Far West Facility Closes

The Beaverton Far West Recycling depot will stop taking material from the public on March 31st. The facility has played an important role on the recycling scene for folks in West Portland and Beaverton since 1980. So when the Master Recycler Program posted on Facebook in early February that the Beaverton location would be losing its lease and closing operation, many people shared their disappointment. One comment read, “This is sad. Starting when my children were little we recycled there. My son (now an adult) and I were just there last weekend.”

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Last Chance! Spring Course Registration Closes March 8.

How do most people hear about the Master Recycler Program?
From other Master Recyclers, of course.

  • WHAT: Clackamas County course and volunteer program
  • WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. starting on March 29, and two Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm on April 8 and May 6
  • WHERE: Clackamas County Bldg., 150 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City
  • COST: $50 fee
  • Partial and full scholarships are available without extra application requirements

Deadline for applications is Wednesday March 8, 2017 at Noon.

Details and application:

Class 64 Graduates Next Week!

The Multnomah county winter course will be finishing up next week, March 8th! I know that you all will help welcome this talented and enthusiastic new crew of Master Recyclers. 



Chloé Lepeltier (Class 63) offered the new Portland crowd presentations and articles with titles such as “Zero Waster’s Travel companion.” “Conscious Cohabitation” and “MissionZero video”. She also successfully launched a new and exciting Conscious Chloé Zero Waste City Guide. This beautiful site includes a map of Portland resources, a blog, recipes for tasty food and greener cleaners. 


As an AmeriCorps volunteer for Washington County, Isabella Barcellona (Class 63) spent much of her volunteer hours talking to residents about recycling in multifamily complexes. She also did presentations all over the county for the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge -aimed at reducing food waste.


Kati Heckmann (Class 61) staffed information booths from Oregon City, Milwaukie to North Portland. She was at several Fix-it Fairs and a Home and Garden Show talking about food waste, recycling and salvage building materials. Kati also offered some presentations at the German International School where she is a kindergarten teacher.


Volunteer Opportunities

Spring Cleaning Season!

Picture Curtesy of Francisco Gadea (Class 50)

Picture Curtesy of Francisco Gadea (Class 50)

Portland Community Collection Events are organized by volunteers to offer a wide range of Portland residents, including seniors and people with disabilities, with proper disposal of household bulky waste and prioritize and promote both recycling and reuse. Over 50 Community Collection events took place last year.

Master Recyclers can get involved with these bulky waste events or help at recycling collection events. Offer your time and training for those hard to recycle items like electronics and non-curbside plastics throughout the region. You can act as a greeter, train other volunteers or help plan the event for your payback hours at these community events.

Find out if there is a Portland Community Collection Event near you: Alicia Polacok

Sunday Parkways (Green Program and Volunteer training team)

Photo curtesy of Mitzi Sugar

Photo curtesy of Mitzi Sugar

It’s not easy being green, but it becomes much easier to achieve greenness when you create a plan of action! In our tenth year in operation, Sunday Parkways is looking to make its events even more sustainable. But we need you! We are recruiting 3-4 Master Recyclers to become members of the Sunday Parkways green team that will meet once a month (in person or via teleconference) for a 6-month project to create a Green Event playbook and provide training on greener waste streams for our events. More details


March Opportunities

Please click the calendar to see more details. 

April Opportunities

Look ahead for Earth Month! Help organizers plan ahead for our earth’s party. Please check out the rich assortment of volunteer opportunities in April and don't wait: sign up today!