Making a Difference
From Forest Grove to downtown Portland, St Johns to Canby and Sandy, almost 1700 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 consumption and conserve our natural resources. People, community organizations and local businesses are working together to help the region reach these goals by buying smart, reusing, sharing, borrowing, 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 has some work to do
In 2017, Oregonians recovered 42.8 percent of the waste generated – That is up from 42.6 the year before.
Unfortunately, Oregonians also generated more waste. We:
generated 5,434,333 tons of waste, up nearly three percent from 2016 and
disposed of 3,106,688 tons into landfills and incinerators, up 1.8 percent from 2016.
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! You have reported more than 3400 hours since July 1, 2019.
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
Hours completed this year
repair, repurpose, swapping, sharing, reuse
food waste prevention
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.