Master Recycler Newsletter -- May 2018

Two Master Recyclers Receive Recognition


Congratulations to Janine Gates and Leesha Posey (both Class 64). Recently, they were nominated by a jury of their peers for the City of Portland’s 2018 Women’s Empowerment (WE) Persist award, in conjunction with Women’s History Month.

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Master Recycler Spring Open House

Wednesday, May 23 5:30-8:30 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave. Rm 2500 B, Portland

Want more practice? Looking for updates? Ready to explore new topics?

Master Recyclers are invited to an open house where program partners will set up more than 20 tables for you to ‘shop’ around and explore. The latest kits will be out for you to check out. Staff will be there to answer your questions and let you practice. Volunteer opportunities from all over the region will be listed. RSVP Now! 


Who is going to be there?

City of Beaverton
City of Gresham
City of Portland
Clackamas County
Metro Healthy Homes
Recycling Advocates
Repair Fair organizers
Shake and Fold
Washington County
Westside Master Recyclers

and more! 


Master Recyclers of Color Gathering

Tuesday May 1st, from 5 – 7 PM
Urban Gleaners 15 SE 6th Ave, Portland

Alfredo Gonzales and Nourah Abualsaud (Class 67) 

Alfredo Gonzales and Nourah Abualsaud (Class 67) 

The Master Recyclers of Color (MROC) group will have its second meeting. MROC is open to any Master Recycler who identifies as a person of color, this is only the second meeting and we have some awesome ideas of how we can collaborate such as multifamily, immigrant, refugee, English as a second language outreach and education.

Prospective Master Recyclers are encouraged to attend. So please, if you know POCs who are considering becoming a Master Recycler, bring them along!

From the first MRoC meeting: Leesha Posey, Annette Pronk and Janine Gates (Class 64) and Liz Start (Class 56)

From the first MRoC meeting: Leesha Posey, Annette Pronk and Janine Gates (Class 64) and Liz Start (Class 56)

Come meet other MROCs, and bring your ideas for an evening of meeting new people and sharing experiences. Alfredo Gonzales (Class 67) is organizing this meeting.



Volunteer Opportunities

April Calendar This weekend has some fun activities still!

May Calendar Wow do we have a ton lined up for you! 

May 31, 2018

Aloha Farmer’s Market (Eat Smart, Waste Less OR three R’s table) 



A new Centurion Master Recycler!

Thank you to Alaina Labak (Class 64) who reported her 100th volunteer hour last month. Alaina has spent most of those hours improving recycling in her workplace at the Concordia New Seasons, organizing Earth Day festivities there in 2017 and 2018 as well as two Green Team Summits for all of the New Seasons stores!  Alaina ended up missing much of the Earth Day celebrations this year as she went on maternity leave! Seems like a perfect way to celebrate the earth by bringing in a new little steward for the planet. Best to you and your family Alaina.

Two Certified Master Recyclers

Annette Pronk (Class 64) focused much of her projects near her community in Cully, starting a Living Cully Green Team, assisting St Andrews Church with recovery plans, joining the Cully Cleanup and talking with the environmental club at PCC Cascade. Annette is also a member of MRoC. She completed her hours with a splash by helping Portland’s City Council understand why it is important that we maintain our recycling system even if it may cost a bit more this year. She said, "I want Portlanders to leave for our kids and grandkids a healthier and cleaner planet. Recycling is one thing we can do." You can see her whole presentation starting at 54:00. 


Kirk Rea is the first of Class 67 to complete the 30 hours commitment. DIY has been a major focus with Kirk's volunteer hours. He has been working with designers and architects to think through design with DIY in mind. He also organized build days working with diverse community members on DIY furniture and other home goods out of salvaged materials. Kirk is also a member of MRoC.




Conservation news


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Thu, May 31 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Clinton Street Theater
2522 Southeast Clinton Street, Portland

The Association of Oregon Recyclers, in conjunction with New Seasons Markets, and support from Imperfect Produce and Metro presents:

This film aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.

WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century.

All proceeds support AOR's educational programming.