Master Recycler September 2018 Newsletter

Master Recyclers Tour of Agilyx Inc.


This Tigard business is about so much more than a drop box for recycling Styrofoamtm (But that is neat too)

From “football fields” of blocks used for forestry seedlings to utensils, cups and clamshells from Edgefield events, Agilyx Inc. combines innovative technology and business relationships to turn ten tons a day of polystyrene discards back into a product that is useful to manufacturers to make new stuff!

This week a group of 14 Master Recyclers explored how Agilyx is increasing capacity to recycle plastic, giving North Westerners hope about recycling at a time when it is much needed.


Master Recycler News

Get out the word!

Winter Applications Now Accepted for Multnomah County Winter Class

¡Bienvenidos a los voluntarios bilingües!


Invite your friends to join our community.

  • WHAT: 8-week course and 30-hour volunteer program.
  • WHEN: Eight consecutive Thursdays at 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Starting January 10, 2019 and two Saturdays 8:00 am - 2:00 pm January 12 and February 9.
  • WHERE: Parklane Church 16001 SE Main, Portland 
  • COST: $50. partial and full scholarships available with no extra application.

Aprenda. Inspire. Logre un impacto ambiental positivo.

Deadline to apply is December 12 at noon. Apply today


Clackamas County Celebrates Volunteers

Clackamas County invites all Master Recyclers who volunteered in the County this year to an event to celebrate YOU. Join in an evening of fun, food, and gratitude! We'll also be recognizing those who certified, as well as those who reached milestone volunteer hours.

  • Free food
  • Updates
  • New kits for checking out
  • Networking
  • Highlights of MR impact in Clackamas County in 2018
  • Family welcome!

Clackamas County 2018 Volunteer Appreciation

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Who: Master Recyclers who volunteered in Clackamas County in 2018 (and their families)
Where: Hammerle Park – 1505 Lewis St., West Linn, OR 97068

Please RSVP by Friday, September 14 Please let us know if you are vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten-free.

RSVP link:

“Thanks for helping us out this year, and we hope you can make the event to celebrate YOU!”- Clackamas County’s Sustainability & Solid Waste Program


100 Hours!

We have three new members join the Centurion Club this month. Thank you to Caili, Emma and Alex for going the extra mile in promoting sustainability and equity!


The volunteer hours for Alex Mihm (Class 62) were a combination of helping individuals reflect on green actions they can take through small group discussions and presentations to having big policy impacts as the Chair of the West Linn Sustainability Advisory Committee. In this role he has talked with the West Linn City Council about exciting policy options such as improvements to the community collection events, business food scrap composting and proposed plastic bag ban. He's also jumped into community efforts such as the West Linn Repair Fair.


After completing her Certification, Caili Nance (Class 65) became a Master Recycler Mentor, inviting other Master Recyclers in her efforts and showing them the ropes. She set up a regular booth at the Oregon City Farmers' Market where she and new Master Recyclers could engage folks on toxics reduction, Wasted food and recycling. Caili branched out this month by joining the Oregon City Repair Fair and leading Green Team volunteers at the Oregon Brewers Festival.


Emma Spanjer (Class 67) spent much of her 100 volunteer hours engaging folks who live in Apartments or use WIC programs for the City of Gresham. She engaged many of her fellow classmates and other Master Recyclers in these efforts. Her outreach demonstrates not only a commitment to fighting environmental problems, but also finding equitable and inclusive ways to solve them.

30 Hours

Thank you to our two newly Certified Master Recyclers!


The first project for Alfredo Gonzalez Valenzuela (Class 67) was helping fellow classmate Kirk Rea by promoting resourceful Pdx at the Restore during a DIY event. Alfredo also staffed a recycling table at the Stand with Refugees and Immigrants gathering. But his biggest focus was to bring new energy for the newly formed group called Master Recyclers of Color (MROC). Started by Master Recyclers N Janine Gates and Leesha Posey (Class 64), the group aims to make a safe and welcome place for people of color to organize on the topics of materials, consumption and recycling. Alfredo invited more people to the facebook group, organized a series of monthly meetings and a social gathering. This was a great boost for new group so that it can continue to grow and flourish.

From Canby to Forest Grove, Kathy Shannon (Class 68) was seen at several Farmers' Markets this spring and summer promoting recycling and toxics reduction. She also joined in Lake Oswego's first Repair Fair. Kathy has been working to start a Green Team in her faith community at East County Church of Christ! So, Kathy is just getting started

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Job seekers

The jobseekers board has interesting job opportunities including: 

  • Bookkeeper for SCRAP
  • Temporary Event Recycling monitors for Elysium Events
  • Temporary Event Recycling monitors for Terrapin Events

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