Master Recycler Newsletter -- September 2017

Two New Cities Include the Food!



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

Susan Unrein (Class 59) completed much of her hours enjoying the folks at the Clackamas County Fair. She was there promoting recycling in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She also joined in at the Canby Spring Garden Fair and the Beaverton Bark for Life talking about toxics reduction.


Nancy Klich (Class 61) engaged residents in recycling and food waste in all sorts of fun events in her Gresham community. She was at two Earth Day Collection events, Nadaka Nature Park, Rock the Block and the Slosh Cultural Festival and several days at the Gresham Farmers' Market. She is now focusing her energy on textiles. She set up a table on textiles at the recent Gresham Repair Cafe and is teaming up with other Master Recyclers to think about how to promote reduce, reuse, recycle of textiles.

Sharon Ivey (Class 62) participated in a number of events from the Fix-it Fair, Repair Fair and the Clackamas County Fair. But Sharon preferred behind the scenes work like organizing an Eco-party and helping the St Mary’s Academy green their operations.


Rob Hamrick (Class 65) spent much of his time at his neighborhood park in Happy Valley. He set up a recycling booth at the July forth celebration as well as the Thursday Nights in the Park series. He says he has had the opportunity to solve more than one marital dispute over frozen pizza boxes and clam shells. Rob also writes delightful reports when he volunteers. Almost every one includes sentences like this one: "So we are making big changes here in Happy Valley, one resident at a time. Can't wait till next week." He often tables with his daughter so instead of a picture of himself, he sent one of her helping him.


David Kleinke (Class 65) brought his positive energy, creativity and love for kids to multiple venues this spring and summer. He worked with the Conservation Education Center at the Oregon Zoo to create an interactive recycling game with sorting and a spinning wheel. He set this kit up every Friday and also made it available for a number of other Master Recyclers to use at Twilight Tuesdays and Saturdays. David also joined a team of Master Recyclers at a recycling booth at Explorando el Slough and the Clackamas County Fair.


Volunteer opportunities 

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Conservation news


Recycling Advocates Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Sierra Club, 1821 SE Ankeny
7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)

On the agenda: 

Guest speakers, AOR's Pete Chism-Winfield and Amy Roth, will update us on Recycling 101, the self-paced online course modeled after the Master Recycler program and offered through OSU.  

A progress report on our BYOC campaign from RA President Brion Hurley. Pick up campaign buttons, stickers and other goodies! 

Board of Director elections - be sure to renew your membership (or join RA!) before the meeting to be eligible to vote, or to be considered for board membership. You can sign up at

As always, our annual meeting is free and open to everyone. Snacks, beer and wine provided.

RSVP to, or call 503-777-0909. 

Jobs Board

Remember to check the Jobseekers' board between newsletters. Things pop up all the time! Here's a few we have listed now: 

  • Metro Solid Waste and Recycle Community Engagement
  • City of Beaverton Sustainability Coordinator
  • City of Portland Environmental Services Equity and Inclusion Officer
  • Climate Solutions Oregon Director
  • Confluence Executive Director