Making a Difference
From Forest Grove to downtown Portland, St Johns to Canby and Sandy, over 1500 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
Oregon is wasting less and recovering more
In 2015, Oregonians recovered 50.3 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 4.8 percent to 1365 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: Thank you for your work! We blew past our goal for the fiscal year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
Hours completed this year
It helps to have a volunteer corps of outreach workers to get the word out. Master Recyclers contribute about 3500 hours every year focusing on
- repair, repurpose, swapping, sharing, reuse
- food waste prevention
- green building
- toxics reduction
These passionate volunteers made almost 350,000 contacts in the community:
- Set up the recycling/composting at gatherings where 59,500 people attended.
- Lead projects at schools and work where 7,000 attend.
- Promoted reuse of building materials, tiny houses and green remodeling to 52,500 people .
- Promoted reuse, fixing, sharing and borrowing to 70,000 people.
- Answered recycle and compost questions for 157,500 people
- 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.