Community Collection Events

Portland Community Collection Events are organized to offer a wide range of Portland residents, including seniors and people with disabilities, with proper disposal of household bulky waste and prioritize and promote both recycling and reuse. Master Recyclers also help at recycling collection events for those hard to recycle items like computers, shredded paper and non-curbside plastics throughout the region. You can act as a greeter, train other volunteers or help plan the event for your payback hours at these community events.

Farmer's Markets

Enjoy mellow days at your local farmer’s market. Consider staffing a booth once or for several dates at your favorite market as a way to stretch out your Earth Day commitment.

Here are a few markets where booths are already planned for the season. They would love to have you join them. Contact them to find out what dates they have scheduled: 

Don’t see your favorite market listed? Here are a few easy steps to set up your own booth. 

  1. Contact Lauren to find the contact for the Farmer’s Market of your choice.
  2. Contact the Farmer’s Market to request one or many dates. (Once a month with a different topic is ideal.)
  3. Check out a kit or rotating kits.
  4. Contact Lauren again if you would like to invite other Master Recyclers to join you through the newsletter. (You can also just email your classmates and invite them.)
  5. Have fun! (And report your hours!)

Master Recycler Newsletter—March 2016

Master Recycler Newsletter—March 2016

Antique glass doorknobs, wood framing from long-gone old growth forests, basket weave bathroom tiles, and inlaid hardwood floors are all beloved touches in old homes. Instead of stripping our forests and land for natural resources to decorate and build our new homes, we can harvest local reuse places like the ReBuilding Center, Restore and Salvage Works. They are already wonderful places to find hidden treasures, but they will soon be teaming with history!

Master Recycler Newsletter—December 2015

Master Recycler Newsletter—December 2015

The Power of Repair

Do you have a favorite repair shop? You know, somewhere you go because you actually trust them with your stuff? I do! Well, I have several. But, hands down, my favorite is Mike at OMG?!? Computer repair. He has kept my laptop going with minor repairs, saves and a few upgrades. When my computer finally displayed the dreaded “blue screen of death”, he gave me recommendations on a computer that would suit my needs and be easy for him to keep repairing long into the future.

There is a growing “repair movement” afoot that is empowering people to make their stuff last longer.