Making a Difference

From Forest Grove to downtown Portland, St Johns to Canby and Sandy, over 1400 Master Recyclers are making a difference where ever they are in the community.

The State of Oregon, Metro and local jurisdictions have big goals to reduce waste and conserve our natural resources. People, community organizations and local businesses are working together to help the region reach these goals by reducing waste, recycling and composting more.

Master Recyclers help neighbors, friends, family and co-workers do even more by giving them information and connecting them to resources. 

 

Total solid waste disposed, recovered and generated

Solid waste disposed, recovered and generated measured in pounds of garbage vs (recycling, compost and burned for energy) per person per day. Total Recovered 2,425,220 tons. Total Generated (Total Recovered + Total Disposed) 4,838,471

Oregon is wasting less and recovering more

In 2014, Oregonians recovered 51 percent of the waste generated – topping Oregon's 50 percent goal for the fourth year in a row.

However, Oregonians also threw away more garbage by 4.4 percent to 1298 pounds per person. 

The State of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sets goals and evaluates how Oregon is doing. DEQ reports recovery rates every year, and every four years, DEQ conducts an analysis of what is in the garbage.

For you serious data hounds. View the full reports on the DEQ website.

 

Master Recyclers doing their part

Together we make a difference!

Master Recyclers: Log your hours in the Members section and help reach the goal of 3000 volunteer hours from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Check back every month to see our progress. 

Almost caught up to last year! 

Hours completed this year

Number of Master Recycler volunteer hours completed July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.

It helps to have a volunteer corps of outreach workers to get the word out about recycling, composting and waste prevention. Master Recyclers contribute about 3500 hours every year reaching out in the community.

These dedicated and passionate volunteers set up recycling systems at events, staff information booths, offer presentations and organize collection events. They have helped teach people how to fix their stuff at the Repair Fair and Repair Cafés. They have organized composting and durables at Farmers Markets. The have started Green Teams at work and helped get their kids’ schools certified as Green Schools. They have been instrumental in starting lending tool libraries, swap-and-shares or other sharing projects.

Last year, Master Recyclers made almost 350,000 contacts in the community:

  • 59,500 people attended events where Master Recyclers helped organize the recycling/composting systems.
  • 7,000 people work or go to school at places where Master Recyclers started projects.
  • 52,500 people saw Master Recyclers promote reuse of building materials, tiny houses and green remodeling.
  • They promoted food waste prevention, reuse, fixing, sharing and borrowing to 70,000 people.
  • They answered questions and encouraged over 157,500 people to recycle and compost
  • They encouraged 3,500 people to reduce toxics in their lives and work places.
 

Quarterly and annual reports

The program annual reports measuring its success. These reports demonstrate the high value Master Recycler volunteers offer local governments, community organizations and the individual volunteers themselves.

These reports provide periodic updates on program goals and metrics, outreach and communication strategies, current course attendee demographics, volunteer hours and details on events and individual projects where volunteer hours are dedicated. The reports provide updates on program goals and metrics, outreach and communication strategies, current course attendee demographics, volunteer hours and details on events and individual projects where volunteer hours are dedicated.