Master Recycler Newsletter -- August 2017

How safe is that wool suit?

I discovered into an adorable wool suit dress that I just had to have. I checked out the tag and was terribly disappointed to run into those dreaded three words: DRY CLEAN ONLY.

I wondered, "How toxic is dry cleaning anyway?" Read more....



Thank you to those who became Certified Master Recyclers this month! We appreciate your commitment. 

Genie Ott (Class 62) has been offering recycling advice at the Mt Hood Farmers' Market for several Friday afternoons in May, June and July. She also helped out way over on the other side of the region at the Washington County Fair. She is pictured here training green team volunteers at the Oregon Brewer's Festival.

Ruby shown with Heather Pashley (Class 64)

Ruby shown with Heather Pashley (Class 64)

Ruby Buchholtz (Class 62) focused on waste prevention and reuse with her payback hours. She staffed tables promoting salvage and deconstruction with the Rebuilding Center and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. She also joined the Resourceful PDX campaign to talk about resources where people can reuse, fix and maintain, borrow and share and focus on experience over stuff. Ruby even helped folks learn ways to reduce food waste through the Portland CAN: Save Your Food campaign.

Chistina Thompson (Class 64) got the word out in the Latino community. She offered a presentation focusing on greener cleaners and recycling at a English as a Second Language Parents night for her first project. Then she and fellow Master Recyclers helped Explorando el Slough set up recycling for their event and offered a creative recycling game for participants young and old. 

Sami at the Oregon Green Schools summit talking about Waste Audits

Sami at the Oregon Green Schools summit talking about Waste Audits

Sami Springs (Class 64) is completing her year as an AmeriCorps volunteer for Portland Public Schools where she focused her Master Recycler hours. Sami worked on starting or assessing food waste and food compost programs in multiple schools in the district. She worked with kids in Benson High, and Bridlemile, Chapman, Creston, and Hayhurst elementary schools to conduct waste audits and then report what was working and not working at the schools. 



Volunteer. Be the change

Lots of fun ways to make a difference this month! (Bring lots of water and stay in the shade please!)

August Calendar(Click to see details)

Conservation news

Glean Artist Open House 

Opening Reception August 4th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Bison building 421 NE 10th Ave., Portland

Show run August 4th – 26th Fri-Sun, noon – 5:00 pm


DEQ Materials Management Grants

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management program offers grants that promote the prevention, recovery or reuse of solid wastes. The 2017 Materials Management Grants are now open. The Project and Planning Grant application period will close on Sept. 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. DST. The Reuse/Repair Workforce Development Micro-Grant application period will close on Aug. 25, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. DST. Full descriptions and eligibility requirements are listed . Further information can be found in the instructions document for each respective grant type.




The Eco-School Network is a program that trains and supports parents doing volunteer sustainability projects in elementary schools. Join us for our upcoming Dessert Meetup to learn how you can start or support sustainable projects at your child's school.

Locations and Dates:

  • North Clackamas – September 21st
  • Portland – September 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th
  • Beaverton – October 3rd
  • West Linn – October 5th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Dessert Meetups will be held in homes of Eco-School Network parents.

If you’re interested in joining us for the upcoming meetup or want to hear more, click here to fill out our interest sheet, or RSVP to or 503-227-2315.

Job Opportunity: Opal Environmental Justice Youth Coordinator (Closes August 3rd)