December Master Recycler Newsletter
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10 Tips to Greening You Season
Volunteer Payback
Waste Matters – On The Air
Holiday Light Disposal
Green Community Calendar
Fall Leaf Haul
Creative ReUse Events
Nominations for Green Awards


You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.  ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
We hope this newsletter finds you well! The holidays are here, and I'm settling into my job comfortably. I'm so very thankful of the gift of purpose and place. It's truly the things that you can't buy that give the world meaning, and I'm lucky to be working alongside such enthusiastic, kind, knowledgeable folks. This season I have a lot to be thankful for, and I look forward to spending time with my family baking, creating, and simply just hanging out.

In this issue we bid you good cheer and offer ways that you can green your holidays and share your waste reduction knowledge with school children. We also kick off our Green Community Calendar and encourage you to extend the love and nominate a green-do-gooder for the Green Awards. And most of all, we wish you a warm, safe, and rewarding holiday.  Cheers!

10 Tips to Greening Your Season

When we are busy purchasing gifts, decorating for the holidays, and celebrating with those that we love, we are creating more than just memories. We create waste. All that stuff comes at a price. From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, household waste increases by more than 25%, an additional 1 million extra tons (Source: EPA). Don't let waste get you down. Follow these simple ways to green your holiday:
  1. Green Greetings - Did you know 2.65 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the U.S. which could fill a football field 10 stories high? Opt for cards made from post-consumer recycled content, create your own from reuse materials, or send electronic cards for guilt-free greetings.
  2. Bring out the China - Entertaining doesn't have to be wasteful. Instead of using single use plates and plastic utensils opt for china and silver. Your event will be classier and greener too.
  3. ReUse Wrap - ReUse fabric bags are an easy solution to the last minute wrap. Other earth-friendly solutions include wrapping packages in comics, posters, maps, or even wallpaper.
  4. Lighting - When decorating, use Energy Star energy efficient lighting such as LED outdoor holiday lights, which require 1/50th of the electricity of conventional lights and last 20-30 years. Also put timers on your lights so you don't have to remember to turn them on and off.
  5. Gift of Experience - Sometimes the best gifts are things you can't wrap with a bow. Tickets to your favorite restaurant, sporting event, or museum is a personal and generous gift and helps build memories.
  6. Gift of Time - Do you have a special talent or gift that you can share with your loved ones? Maybe you could detail a car, show a neighbor how to bake bread, or teach your children to knit. Simply spending time with your loved ones shows that you care and allows you save the time you'd spend shopping in crowed malls and instead invest it in others.
  7. Buy Local - Save money on gas and buy local. Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.
  8. Shipping - Reuse packing materials for shipping and donate them to local mailing shops when you are done.
  9. ReUse Bags - Don't forget your reuse shopping bags and tell the checker you don't need a bag for oversize purchases.
  10. Green on the Go- When traveling during the holidays, consider taking public transportation, walking, biking, carpooling with friends or relatives, or combining several errands into one trip.
Do you have holiday waste prevention tip to share? Visit us on facebook and let us know how you make holidays sustainable and magical.

Volunteer Paypack

Calling all Master Recyclers:
Share your knowledge with children and help inspire them to reduce and recycle! Master Recyclers are needed to lead waste audits at elementary schools. The dates are flexible. If you can help, please contact Bailey ( -or- 503-365-3191).

Waste Matters – On The Air

Tune in every other Thursday at 1:00 pm as hosts Alan Pennington and Jessica Ramey chats with guests about their interesting and innovative waste reduction programs!  The show broadcasts on 88.5 FM and streams online at

December 4 -  Join Oregon Green Schools and learn how schools in Oregon are making a difference to recycle, reduce waste, save energy and conserve water.

December 18 -  You may know all about how your garbage gets incinerated and turned into energy in Brooks, but do you know what happens to that leftover, non-combustible 10% portion that remains as ash?  Don Alexander, a Marion County Public Works civil engineer, will fill us in on where it goes, what's still in it, and what treasures we might find.
Holiday Light Disposal
If you’ve been upgrading to LED lights, or just have unwanted/unusable strings of incandescent lights to get rid of, you can take them to either of the Marion County Recycling and Transfer Stations and drop them off with e-waste or drop them off at Garten Services during their regular business hours (3334 Industrial Way NE, Salem, OR). If you'd like to get a credit toward a purchase of new LEDs, you can take them to The Home Depot during their 2014 Christmas Light Trade-In Event!

Starting November 6, 2014 take your old incandescent Christmas light strings to Home Depot for recycling. You’ll receive a $3, $4 or $5 discount toward the purchase of ENERGY STAR qualified LED Christmas lights. You’ll get a coupon for each string of old lights you turn in. (Limit 5 redemptions per customer.)

The coupons for your Christmas light trade-in

Green Community Calendar
The fabulous Judy Skinner, Master Recycler and volunteer extraordinar came up with a brilliant idea. She dreamed up a way green partners could collaborate and share environmentally-friendly events with the public. We thought it was a grand plan and created this Green Community Calendar. Click on it and you can import it to your google calendar and view it online. If you have a green event that you'd like to add, email Jessica at Thanks Judy!

If every family reused just two feet of
holiday ribbon,
the 38,000 miles
of ribbon saved
could tie a bow around the
entire planet.

Events and Opportunities

Fall Leaf Haul

Saturday, December 6, 2014
9 a.m.-2 p.m.*

Too Many Leaves?
Bring them to the Fall Leaf Haul! This is a free event for Salem, Keizer, Stayton, Silverton, and  Woodburn residents, thanks to the contributions of these cities, the Mid-Valley Garbage and Recycling Association, Marion County Environmental Services, and numerous neighborhood volunteers. Although this is a free event, donations of money or canned food for local food banks are appreciated. For information about locations visit our webpage.

*Each location times vary. Please visit our webpage or call the city for more details.

Creative ReUse Events

Cultural Craft Night- ReUse Dream Catchers
Wednesday, November 26, 6:30pm-7:30pm, IKE Box
$3, pre-registration is required. Created by DIY Studio and sponsored by a grant from
Marion Cultural Development

Cultural Craft Night- ReUse Christmas Crackers
Wednesday, December 10, 6:30pm-7:30pm, IKE Box
Learn to make traditional "crackers," which include a hat, joke and treat, that literally "pop" when opened. Class includes supplies for 6 crackers. Participants should bring toilet paper rolls. $3, pre-registration is required. Created by DIY Studio and sponsored by a grant from Marion Cultural Development


Nominations for
2015 Green Awards

Do you know a person, business or organization that acts, thinks, and does green? Then you need to nominate then today! All nominations are due by midnight on January 20, 2015. Winners of each category will be announced at the 2015 Mid-Valley Green Awards on Saturday, March 7th at the Salem Convention Center.

To download a nomination form, click on the title of the category below:

2015 Recycler of Year

2015 Sustainable Business of the Year

2015 EarthWISE Business of Year

2015 Green Apple Award

2015 Green Product/Service of Year

2015 Sustainable Wine Producer/Brewery of the Year


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