Master Recycler Newsletter -- March 2019

Three Problem Paper Products


Plastic gets a lot of attention for causing problems for recycling, but few realize that much of the unwanted garbage that ends up in our recycling are paper products. Three problem paper products and why.

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Share Your Resourcefulness!  

March is Master Recycler Sustainable Consumption Picture Month!


During the month of March, Master Recyclers are invited to post your pictures in the Master Recycler Facebook Group. Take pictures whenever you realize you are reducing, reusing, repairing, fixing, borrowing, sharing or renting.

Post when you are volunteering to reduce waste or just when you are practicing it at home or at work.

Share and Inspire!

Master Recycler Mentor Spotlight

Watch for more Mentor Spotlights in future newsletters and on the Master Recycler Facebook Group!


Hello Master Recyclers! I am Sally Oakes, a Master Recycler Mentor and graduate of Class 64. I am most passionate about reuse and reducing the amount of items manufactured, especially single use items. There is plenty of stuff on the planet already! I live in Se Portland and mostly volunteer in that area and into Milwaukie. During the past 18 months I have provided 120 hours of volunteer time by tabling a wide variety of events and giving presentations to small groups. As a Mentor, I am available to Master Recyclers to answer questions, brainstorm ideas, and share how I determined what volunteer activities work for me and how I created goals for reaching payback hours and future volunteering. There are many ways that you can accumulate volunteer hours and there is a lot of space for creativity! I am happy to talk with you so please send me an email at if you have questions and want to connect.


Multnomah County Class 71 Graduates!

Welcome to the fold of over 1700 Master Recyclers! We can’t wait to see what you bring to the movement!


Westside Master Recycler Spring Fling


Washington County and the City of Beaverton invite Westside Master Recyclers. Celebrate a great year and look forward to plans for this coming year.

Wednesday March 20, 6:30-8:00 pm
Jersey Girl Pizza
3183 NW Glencoe Rd, Hillsboro

Questions: Kym Buzdygon 503-846-3651


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Calendar for all Opportunities (Be sure and click forward into April! Sign up early for Earth Month activities!)

Click buttons to see calendars with just events in these parts of the region:

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We are celebrating the Official Certification of five Master Recyclers this month. Thank you for your work to inspire action in the community.


Judith Lienhard (Class 63) is especially committed to justice and so spent much of her volunteer hours getting information and tools about recycling to multifamily communities. She knocked on almost 800 doors, delivering recycling bags and a passion for recycling. She was also at the Washington County Fair and National Health Center Fair. She is pictured on the left.


Robin Carpenter (Class 69) has been helping the Audubon Society improve operations so that they can become a Certified Green organization through the BPS Sustainability at Work program. She helped folks get broken stuff fixed at the Garden Home and Cedar Mills Repair Fairs. She also joined the PlanetCon event in Hillsboro and the Fix-it Fair in North Portland. She even did some ‘proselytizing’ (her word) about sustainability and conservation to friends and colleagues.


Sally Carp (Class 69) shared tips and tools on food waste prevention, recycling and toxics reduction at Portland's Fix-It Fairs this winter. Sally also did hours of research for Metro's Healthy Homes program on natural skin care recipes. She investigated essential oils that are gentler so that Metro can provide recipe options to people who might have reactions to the stronger ones. Metro plans to use the research and recommended recipes in future presentations and publications. Sally is pictured on the left.


Andrea Richards (Class 69) joined in at the SW community recycling event this fall. She helped kids with a waste audit at Alameda ES. She helped PSU sustainability committee with improvements to the food services program to reduce food waste. As if that wasn't all enough, Andrea also approached several grocery stores in her area and offered to set up, monitor and collect barrels for Christmas light recycling and then promoted them. Her little project collected 1,593 pounds of lights! That's 6 vans full to Calbag Metals who were happy to take them for recycling!


¡Pilar Tuyub Ceh es la primera voluntaria de la Clase 70 que es una Master Recycler Certificada oficialmente! Pilar participó en la primera clase de Master Recycler diseñada por la comunidad. En colaboración con Trash for Peace, la clase fue la primera clase bilingüe / multifamiliar que fue completamente diseñada por y para la comunidad. Después del curso, Pilar trabajó como voluntaria con la Ciudad de Gresham para compartir consejos y herramientas sobre la prevención del desperdicio de alimentos. También ella ayudó con un programa de reutilización de ropa de su comunidad en Rockwood y el ReStore, y ayudó con presentaciones sobre el tema del reciclaje y la reutilización creativa para sus vecinos en su comunidad multifamiliar. No hay duda de que Pilar compartió su gran sentido del humor y su pasión por el reciclaje en cada proyecto. ¡Mil gracias! (Pilar es la persona en el centro de la foto)

Pilar Tuyub Ceh is the first of Class 70 to become an officially Certified Master Recycler! Pilar participated in the first community-designed Master Recycler class. In partnership with Trash for Peace the class was the first bilingual/multifamily class completely designed for and by the community. After the course, Pilar volunteered with the City of Gresham to share tips and tools on food waste prevention, she helped with a clothes reuse program from her Rockwood community to the Restore, and she engaged her neighbors in her multifamily community on recycling and creative reuse. There is no doubt that Pilar shared her great sense of humor and passion for recycling in every project. Thank You! (Pilar is center in the picture)

Job Opportunities

Some great job opportunities listed on the Jobseekers’ board right now including:

  • Restore Gresham Store Manager or Part Time Associate

  • Restore Donation Pickup Specialist

  • Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund Manager

  • OPAL Organizing Fellowship

Conservation News

Enhancing restaurant profit and sustainability by reducing food waste


Join national experts from the food industry Dr. Steve Schein and Ned Barker to learn more about how to reduce food waste in your business, empower employees, reduce environmental impact, and improve your bottom line.

This interactive workshop will create a Strategic Roadmap for your business based on best practices from the Hotel | Kitchen website.

Who should attend

The workshop is designed for Restaurant Managers and Chefs, Catering Sales Directors, Food & Beverage Directors, Executive Chefs, General Managers and other individuals working in foodservice / culinary supervision or management.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 1 to 4 p.m.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Washington Square
9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223