Master Recycler Newsletter June 2017

Why We Recycle and Why We Recycle Right

Recycling is all about making new products from old ones.

It’s as much about economics as it is about the environment. For a material to get recycled into a new good it needs two things: a market that can use the material and a way to get that material from the consumer to the market.

Sounds simple, but ... 

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Clackamas County Master Recycler Summer Kickoff 

Wednesday May 31st, 6:00 – 8:00
Clackamas County Development Services Building
150 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City

 Clackamas County Fair 2016

Clackamas County Fair 2016

Join the 2017 Clackamas County Master Recycler Summer Kickoff Event! Meet members of our newest class, Class 65! Learn what other Master Recyclers are up to Brush up on your skills

Sign up for summer events or jumpstart a project with another Master Recycler!

And did we mention food? We'll have salad, wraps (with a vegetarian option), and sides.

  • Networking and Food 6:00-6:30
  • Refresher and Presentation of Summer Opportunities 6:30-7:30
  • More networking 7:30-8:00

PLEASE RSVP: http://evite.me/dneCSQCG5a

First 20 Master Recyclers to RSVP get a reusable produce bag when they arrive, and we'll also have a door prize of a produce saving container!

 

Welcome

Class 65!

 

Join Master Recyclers of Color group (MRoC)

 Leesha Posey, Annette Pronk, Janine Gates (all Class 64) and Liz Start (Class 56)

Leesha Posey, Annette Pronk, Janine Gates (all Class 64) and Liz Start (Class 56)

MRoC had their first gathering in May! The group shared their accomplishments and ideas and decided that it is important to make room in the environmental movement for people of color and who better to do that than Master Recyclers?? 

MRoC invites fellow Master Recyclers who identify as a person of color to join the MRoC Facebook group. Chat about your ideas. Invite others to your join your project. Share pictures of activities in the community or relevant events and news. MROC aims to have another social gathering in August to celebrate summer accomplishments. To connect with the group and receive emails about gatherings and plans, please email Janine Gates Setagjn@gmail.com 

 

Appreciations

We have one Centurion and four new Certified Master Recyclers to celebrate this month!

 Kim (far left) joined the Sunday Parkways Green team

Kim (far left) joined the Sunday Parkways Green team

Kim Reid (Class 58) is now a Centurion Master Recycler! Kim spent 100 hours dedicated to engaging the community on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. She helped organize recycling and reuse at her NE Portland neighborhood cleanup for several years in a row. She improved recycling at First Unitarian Church. She staffed information booths about food waste, salvage material, reuse, fixing and maintaining and recycling. And as pictured on the left, she helped Sunday Parkways with a pilot project to include compost and recycling. Thank you Kim. You are a real steward for our planet!

 
 Meredith and classmate Carmen chat about recycling at Montavilla Farmers' Market

Meredith and classmate Carmen chat about recycling at Montavilla Farmers' Market

Meredith Rizzari (Class 62) spent many lovely afternoons chatting with residents about recycling, food waste prevention and climate at the Montavilla, Oregon City and PSU Farmers’ Markets. She also helped with recycling at Jade Night Market and her work at Willamette View. She wrapped her 30-hour commitment at the Clackamas Spring Garden Fair.

 
 Andrea and classmate Eva engage Latino Festival attendees with ideas to reduce food waste.

Andrea and classmate Eva engage Latino Festival attendees with ideas to reduce food waste.

Andrea Danehower (Class 63)  focused her volunteer hours entirely on the Reuse and Reduce part. She promoted salvage options through the Rebuilding Center at home and garden shows, Resourceful PDX at the St John's Bizarre and food waste prevention at several locations including the Latino Festival.

 

Lori Gates (Class 63) has been busy promoting recycling all over the region. She staffed booths in North and Northeast Portland, joined classmate Eva Aguilar at Centro Cultural's Día de los Niños, and then settled in to regularly staffing the dynamic "waste center" at the Forest Grove Farmer's market.

 Janine shows her enthusiams for compost at Nature's Needs Compost facility

Janine shows her enthusiams for compost at Nature's Needs Compost facility

Janine Gates (Class 64) has such big ideas, she completed her 30 volunteer hours just gearing up for her projects! Janine joined the new City of Portland Employee Citywide Green Team which had its first event last month. She is also a core member of the Sunday Parkways green team planning recycling and composting at these massive events all summer long. Janine joined her classmate Leesha Posey to start a new Master Recycler of Color group (MRoC) which had its first meeting on 5/24. Janine's been working on a more personal project too. She is researching starting her own blog. It will be called Black Girls' Planet and will share her story and other black women and girls' stories about recycling and reuse.

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Can we do it?!?

We are just 350 hours from a record number of hours and a calendar full of ways to complete your hours!

 

Volunteer. Join the Summer Fun. 

Planning ahead

Washington County Sustainability Office Presentation on Sustainable Gifts and Gift wrap sign up now for a presentation in October, November or December

June Volunteer Opportunities

 

Job Opportunities

Many great ways to get started in working in the field, including: 

  • 5 Americorps Solid waste and recycling positions in Gresham and Clark County
  • Ando en bicicletas en Cully Coordinator
  • Resource Recycling Magazine Business Manager
  • Multiple opportunities with Habitat for Humanity Restore

Conservation News

Hold on to your hardhats, we're about to open the largest Habitat ReStore in the Northwest!

With over 27,000 square feet of amazing home improvement deals, we’re shouting from the rooftops: The Gresham Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 610 NE 181st Avenue is opening its doors Friday, June 16.

Grand Opening Gala: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 15
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: 9:15 a.m., Friday, June 16

The ReStore’s impact can be felt across the entire Metro area in 2016:

  • $1.2 million raised for Habitat
  • 61,448 volunteer hours clocked by ReStore volunteers
  • 12 million pounds of materials diverted from area landfills
  • 40,151 donations from individuals and business partners