Master Recycler newsletter -- October 2018

Multnomah County Winter Applications


Let your friends know: They too can wear a cool Master Recycler badge!

¡Bienvenidos a los voluntarios bilingües!

  • 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.



Robert Bowles (Class 41) is now officially a Centurion Master Recycler! Master Recyclers who report over 100 become members of this elite group. Robert is a founding member of Portland's first tool library the Northeast Portland Tool Library. Back in 2009, when he took the class, he was promoting the idea at the King Farmers' market and helping with initial planning and implementation. He has continued to see it grow to the great organization it is today as well as model for many other libraries in the region. Robert is also the coordinator of not one, but two neighborhood cleanups!! 

picture: Oregonian

picture: Oregonian

Certified Master Recycler


Julie Gannon (Class 50) has been a steady event volunteer in East County for years. She volunteered yearly at the Earth Day Recycling Collection events in Gresham starting in 2013. She also joined the City of Gresham for two years in at the Gresham Teddy Bear Parade and promoted recycling at the Rockwood Rock the Block festival.

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Taunya McKee (Class 67) offered some presentations in her workplace on greener cleaners and thoughtful consumption. She also helped with efforts to improve recycling in apartments in Gresham, staffed several Earth Day events including at PGE and the Habitat for Humanity Restore. She also joined her friend and fellow Master Rechcler, Colleen Johnston at the Happy Valley Green days (where they worked with Blazer Nik Stauska) and the Milwaukie Farmers' Market. Taunya says her next goal is to reach 50 hours by the New Year.


Norma Jean Siverson (Class 67) spent the majority of her volunteer hours in her church at Saints Peter and Paul/San Pedro y San Pablo Episcopal Church. She started a sustainability committee, organized the recycling and a bottle return program and topped it off with a recycling forum after a Sunday service where almost the entire congregation attended. Norma also joined in several Gresham projects including outreach in apartments and talking about food waste with the Eat Smart, Waste Less campaign. A special thanks to her also because her participation in the program made it possible to host last winter's Master Recycler class at the church.

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Conservation News


Go Green Conference
128 NW 11th Ave Portland


Sunday October 14th, 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Taborspace 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland
Visit website for full details and to register.