Master Recycler News—September 2015


Master Recyclers recently responded to a survey about what information would be most useful and one of the top answers was a regular refresh on the basics. So for this month, we are revisiting the top 17 questions we get asked just about every time we set up an information booth on recycling. Take the test. See how you do!



Westside Master Recyclers Meetings

West-side Master Recyclers and solid waste and recycling program staff from Washington County and City of Beaverton gathered the evening of August 20 for the first of new quarterly meetings. The gathering included a potluck, guest speaker and Master Recycler Cecelia Warner from the Forest Grove Farmer’s Market, recognition of recent Master Recycler milestones, updates on recycling and events and a mixer activity. Many classes were represented including as far back as Class 25. The next meeting will be in November at the new City of Beaverton offices. If you are interested in regular meetings, fill out this poll to let organizers know what days of the week and times are best for you.

If you are interested in helping plan future meetings by recruiting speakers, organizing mixer activities or securing venues, please contact Brian Stafki at



Master Recycler Reaches a New Milestone!

Cecelia Warner (Class 47) accomplished something no one else has accomplished. She completed 1,000 volunteer hours! 

Cecelia has been recognized many times in the community for her amazing energy, enthusiasm and accomplishments. She has promoted sustainable living through the Forest Grove Greens, presented to students at Hillsboro High and Pacific College and influenced policy by presenting to the Forest Grove Sustainability Advisory Committee. 

But most of the time you will find Cecelia at the Forest Grove Farmer's Market. There she found a place for just about every waste stream: pig farmers for the compost; durable dishes and napkins for the food vendors; and created the Waste Center where Master Recyclers staff an information booth and collect plastics, Styrofoamtm and other non-curbside  recycling.

We have a pin for Centurions and Quincenturions, but had to come up with something special for someone who has completed 1,000 hours.So we are sending Cecelia her very own vanity license plate frame  so that she can proudly share that she is a Master Recycler.

Perhaps we will have a fleet of these soon!


Certified Master Recyclers

Thanks to the Master Recyclers who completed their commitment of 30 hours of payback!

Sue Hein (Class 53) offered recycling, building salvage and composting education at events from Milwaukie, Oregon City and Gresham. She also participated in some great recycling events including two years of the Mt. Hood Green Scene and Down the River Cleanup on the Clackamas.

Lori at right with Julie Gilbertson from Clackamas County.

Lori Haney is the second person from Class 59 to become a Certified Master Recycler! Lori promoted recycling, toxics reduction and food waste prevention at the Oregon City, West Linn and Gresham Farmer's Markets. She even stood through 102 degree weather at the event in Gresham.

Jim Patton (Class 49) seems to have caught the repair bug. He was at each of the Westside Repair Fairs and has been promoting the fairs at the Beaverton Farmer's Market. Of course, building and salvage reuse has been a favorite topic for some time. He started out his 30 volunteer hours at several trade shows promoting The ReBuilding Center. 

Celeste Aguilar (Class 58) is active in her own neighborhood by helping plan recycling at the Mt Scott-Arleta cleanup to offering a regular table at the Lents International Farmer's Market. She even invited folks to her home for an Eco-Party. And she isn't done yet! Celeste and fellow classmates will be at the Lents Market every 4th Sunday this summer.


Volunteer Opportunities


Encore Fellowships: Sustainability Assessment and Program Design

Aug 27, 2015

Festa Italiana (event recovery)

Aug 28, 2015

Festa Italiana (event recovery)

Aug 29, 2015

Festa Italiana (event recovery)

Aug 29, 2015

Hillsboro Downtown Market (Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge table)

Aug 29, 2015

Gresham Farmer’s Market (Eat Smart, Waste Less table)

Sep 1, 2015

My Father’s House (multifamily recycling)

Sep 2, 2015

Forest Grove Farmers Market (recycling center)

Sep 5, 2015

Hillsboro Downtown Market (Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge table)

Sep 5, 2015

Gresham Farmer’s Market (Eat Smart, Waste Less table)

Sep 7, 2015

Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge Presentations to Your Group (Any time)

Sep 9, 2015

Forest Grove Farmers Market (recycling center)

Sep 9, 2015

Canby Multifamily Knock and Talk

Sep 10, 2015

Canby Multifamily Knock and Talk

Sep 12, 2015

Gresham Farmer’s Market (Eat Smart, Waste Less table)

Sep 12, 2015

Orange Line Launch Outreach (Clackamas recycling and food wste info table)



Conservation news

Recycling Advocates' 2015 Annual Meeting

Sierra Club, 1821 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214
Tuesday September 1, doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7 pm

 Guest speaker Representative Rob Nosse will talk about environmental successes from the last legislative session, including the bill banning Styrofoam from Oregon school lunchrooms. There will be plenty of time for socializing, networking, and sharing ideas on waste prevention, reuse and recycling. We'll also take a few minutes for elections to the Recycling Advocates board of directors. 

This event is free and open to all Recycling Advocates members and friends. We'll provide food and drinks from our friends at Laughing Planet and Lucky Lab

RSVP: 503-777-0909,


Community Warehouse Roadshow Open House and Appraisal Fair

Community Warehouse, 3969 NE MLK Blvd, 97212
Saturday September 12
Open House 11 am – 2 pm
Appraisal begins at noon

Come find out what your special treasures are worth from Gary Germer, Portland’s most respected appraiser. We’ll appraise each item you bring for only $5 apiece.

Whether you have items to be appraised, or just want to watch the fun, bring yourself, your family, or a good pal to enjoy lemonade, popcorn, Ruby Jewel ice cream, and 10% off in our Estate Store!

RSVP online.






Experience GoGreen Portland on Tuesday, October 6 at the White Stag Building for a full day of networking, peer-to-peer-learning and empowering dialogue on how to build a more sustainable future for our region. The program features innovative regional business leaders and organizations who are making dramatic shifts to build and reinforce cutting edge sustainability initiatives.

Lots of Master Recyclers will be there. 

Learn more and register today on the GoGreen Portland website.

Enter MASTERRECYCLER in the discount code for 30% off full conference tickets.

What: GoGreen Portland
When: Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Where: White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209
Registration & Cost: Tickets range from $45-$175, check out the Registration page for full details
Who Attends: Business and public sector decision-makers in sustainability

From Managing Waste
To Managing Materials:
Implementing Oregon’s 2050 Vision
Tuesday, September 15, 9:30-11 am PST

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is on the cutting edge of policy and programmatic shifts, from managing waste to a more holistic approach of full life-cycle “materials management.”  Oregon took another major step in their efforts this year with the adoption of two pieces of legislation.  On this webinar, DEQ thought leaders and practitioners David Allaway and Abby Boudouris will summarize the bills and describe the extensive stakeholder process that  led to the legislative successes, DEQ’s implementation plans, as well as highlight new work and research. 

Register Here:


Job Opportunities

Metro Sustainable Operations Coordinator Closes Sept 8

Collaborate with colleagues who focus on operations and waste and recycling systems, reporting directly to the Resource Conservation and Recycling program director.


Visit Master Recyclers Job Opportunities for many more!


Contributers include J Lauren Norris, Alicia Polacok and Wing Grabowski