June 2016 | Summertime News

Repair Fair & Share

Our first ever Repair Fair & Share was such a hit, we are doing it again! Join the fun (and bring some broken stuff) June 22, 5 - 7 pm, at the Dye House at Willamette Heritage Center. 

Got something broken? Bring it (along with any needed parts) to the Repair Fair, and we’ll hook you up with a fixer for free! We are focusing on:
  • Bike Repair
  • Sewing Repair
  • Small Appliances
  • Stringed Instrument Repair
If you'd like to volunteer to fix things or help with the reception table, please let us know. This is a great way to earn some Master Recycler payback hours! 

Last time we collected 28 tickets, repaired 16 items, and 3 were in the process of getting fixed. It was a fun evening, and we received a lot of positive feedback from happy participants. Let's see if we can fix even more this time around! Click the button below and let us know how you'd like to help or give Jessica Ramey a call at 503.365.3180.
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Valley Roots
Celebrating and Nurturing a Sustainable Community

Barnwood Naturals Tour, Munch and Mingle

Thursday, June 30

6 pm: Munch and Mingle at McMenamins Boon's Treasury
(888 Liberty St NE, Salem, OR 97301)
7pm: Barnwood Naturals Tour
(101 Union St NE, Salem, Oregon 97301) 
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We'll start off with a little food and mingling at McMenamins Boon's Treasury and then we'll meet up at 7pm to get a tour of Barnwood Naturals to see how Bruce Wadleigh and his crew uses wood from old barns and other buildings to make new structures — everything from wall panels in restaurants and shops to floors in houses and office spaces. Please RSVP!
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Master Recycler Spotlight

Please join us in congratulating Bonnie White, composter extraordinar. 

Bonnie White originally took the Master Recycler class through the Linn/Benton Master Recycler program but she is certainly worthy of the Marion County Master Recycler certificate as well. Bonnie has been volunteering in the compost demonstration site at the Oregon Garden since 2002 and has led workshops at virtually every Earth Day event since! Bonnie is also a skilled upcycling artist as well as a Master Gardener. She enthusiastically shares her deep understanding of composting and vermicomposting with anyone that will listen and has inspired an many, many people to compost. In May of 2014, Bonnie was the featured guest on the Waste Matters radio show on KMUZ. Conservatively, Bonnie has volunteered 114 hours for Marion County making her one of our elite centenarians. Way to go Bonnie!

We love you so!

We love to hear what you are up to and how you are earning your 30 payback hours. Simply email Bailey (503.365.3191) and let him know what you have volunteered for or why you haven't been volunteering. We care about your progress as a Master Recycler and are happy help! 
Report Your Hours

2015 Recycling Stats

For those of you who like to geek out over recycling statistics, here's the latest and greatest numbers from Marion County. 

Pound per person per day Recovered (blue)
and Disposed (grey)

Electronics Waste



Gallons of Paint Recycled
The green line is the total amount collected if we include what PaintCare collects at retailers.

Compost Bins

Cooking Oil

Fluorescent Bulbs/Tubes

If you put all of the fluorescent tubes that we collected in 2015 and put them from end to end, they would stretch 38.9 miles.  This doesn’t count the following types of lights that were also collected in 2015:

Utubes: 464
Compact Fluorescent Lights 20,743
HID Lamps 1,010


The chart below shows the amount of glass that is recycled back into glass containers or fiberglass versus the amount that is used as roadbed at Coffin Butte Landfill or Kerr Contractors in Woodburn.  Both are considered “recycling” by the DEQ, however the higher use of this material is to recycle it into new bottles rather than “downcycle” it into roadbed. 

Other Recycling

Tons of Styrofoam Recycled: 17.9 tons
Tons of Metal recovered at Covanta WTEF:  9,260.96 tons came from Covanta (8,902.72 tons ferrous & 358.24 tons non-ferrous)
Tons of Metal recovered at NM:  1,346 tons (1,195 tons ferrous & 151 tons non-ferrous) came from ash screening at North Marion.
Tons of appliances recycled at SKRTS & NM:  254.51 tons
Tons of Tires collected at SKRTS & NM:  227.34 tons
Tons from Browns Island Composting: 2,864 tons

Waste Audit

Check out this cool visual of a waste audit performed at Mt. Hood Community College! What a neat way to measure the results visually. 

June Community Green Calendar

To add your event, email Jessica or give her a call at 503-365-3180. And be sure to add the Green Community Calendar to your google calendar as well!

Sustainability in Motion

Tune into Waste Matters on the Air to learn all about Northwest Hub and their commitment to the community and environment with Executive Director Kirk Seyfert on KMUZ, 88.5 and 100.7 fm Thursday, June 9th at 1pm. You can listen on the radio, stream online at or check out podcasts of the interview on itunes, and Marion County's webpage.

Care to Compost

Look for the Marion County Compost window cling at your favorite local restaurant and help support Marion County business that care to compost. And if you don't see a window cling, encourage your local eatery to compost. 

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