Calling all Master Recyclers...

Salem Eco-Schools Network

The Center for Earth Leadership's "Salem Eco-Schools Network" is a group of parents in the Salem area that meet periodically to share their ideas on how to help their children's schools reduce waste, recycle, save energy/water and overall help schools to be good stewards of the environment.  A Master Recycler is needed to help recruit more parents by gathering contact information for the various school PTA/PTO groups and promoting an upcoming fall training.  The volunteer would also promote the Oregon Green Schools program to these organizations.  Ideally, the Master Recycler could begin in early August, and spend time in August, September, and early October.  There is no set time commitment for this activity, but it will probably take somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 hours, possibly more depending on the volunteer's availability.  If you are interested, please contact Bailey 503-365-3191.

School Waste Audits in the Fall

It's hard to beleive that summer is coming to a close, and students will return to classrooms shortly. We'd love your help to conduct School Waste Audits. It's a fun, educational way to volunteer your payback hours. If you are interested, please contact Bailey 503-365-3191.

 Repair Fair & Share

We are seeking:
  • small appliance repairers
  • sewers, and
  • registration helpers 
for our first ever Repair Fair & Share, Wed. Oct 21 from 5-7pm at Chemeketa Community College. This is a free event where we pair owners of broken items with repairers to embrace “repair rather than replace”. Our goal is to provide community connections that not only provides repair service, but promotes troubleshooting and the repair process. We hope to inspire and enable people to continue repairing and sharing in their community. The community will benefit by making connections, learning skills, reducing waste, and saving money.

Hours will count toward your Master Recycler payback hours. Please sign up to volunteer here:

Nifty Thrifty Homecoming Swap

It's Time to Clean Out those Closets! 

To encourage REUSE, Marion County is partnering with the Salem Public Library to host a Homecoming Swap. We are seeking donations of semi-formal and formal attire and accessories for both girls and boys. Donation boxes can be found in the foyer of the Marion County Public Works building and the information desk and Teen Scene at the Salem Public Library until September 14. All donations and contributions to this program are tax deductible and go to the Salem Public Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Receipts for donations will be given out at the front desk. The event will take place September 17 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Anderson Rooms (A&B) at the Salem Public Library.

To volunteer to sort and help at the event, please contact Jessica Ramey 503.364.3180.

Save the Food Squad

The Marion County Save the Food Squad spread its food waste reduction message across the walls of a South Salem bus stop. Marion County was just one of the many organizations that took part in the Cherriots Bus Stop Art beautification project.

The average American family throws away one fourth of all food purchased, and Marion County is educating the public and encouraging residents to take a pledge to reduce food waste. This community project allowed us promote the campaign for simply the cost of paint. The artwork consists of food characters saying food related puns with cut outs for interactive photos. Volunteers painted the large bus stop on a Saturday, and the artwork will remain up for a month. We are thankful for the partnership of Britta Franz, Lorraine Dye, and Cherriots Salem-Keizer Transit for allowing us to take part of this fun community project. Visit to take the pledge today! 
From Cart to Art
Turning recycling cart junk into recycled art funk

November 14, 6 pm to 8 pm
Salem Convention Center

Are you the creative type? Take the challenge, and turn some junk into a recycling work of artistic wonder. This is a fundraiser for the Straub Environmental Center and the artwork will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. You can sign up to participate and be sure to mark your calendar to attend the event! 

Gardens of Destiny

A documentary about food security, the importance of living seed banks, genetic diversity, and local solutions to surviving climate change

Has North America taken too many risks with its agriculture? In Gardens of Destiny we meet Dan Jason, an organic gardener on Salt Spring Island, on the Canadian west coast. Jason is the head of the Seed and Plant Sanctuary for Canada, a network of gardeners from around the world working to preserve as much plant diversity as possible. This film explores Dan’s garden and seed world and investigates with several sustainable development specialists such issues as genetic engineering, terminator seeds and the pitfalls of industrial agriculture in North America. Film 63 minutes.

Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share: Free Film and Lecture Series Held in Salem every 4th Thursday @ 6:30pm (except November and December)

Salem 4th Thursday events include potluck & discussion
 @ Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, 5090 Center Street. NE, Salem. For more information: 503-449-8077

This event is made possible by support from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, Life Source Natural Foods, and private donations from people in our community. Thank you for your support! 

A High Five to You!

Thanks so much for spreading the word about the Master Recycler Program this Fall. We now have 22 people signed up, and the class is full thanks to your help. We anticipate offering another class this Winter!

Teachers could win $500 for their class!

Marion County and the Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling Association sponsors an art calendar contest to promote the three R's (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle). This year's theme is "Save the Food" and we encourage students to consider ways to prevent food waste. All k-12 students in Marion County are invited to submit up to three colorful drawings.

Thirteen winners will receive a $50 gift card along with a fantastic art kit. The grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card, and art kit, and their artwork will be featured on the front cover of the calendar. In addition, the educator whose student is selected as the grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card for classroom use. For more details visit the guidelines

Waste Matters on the Air

Tracy Meyer, Master Recycler and Sustainable Pro at SAIF
Listen Now!
Learn sustainable tips from the pro, Tracy Meyer, who has worked at the SAIF Corporation in Salem since 2008 and is a Master Recycler in two counties! She revels her journey to tackle waste, save money, and conserve resources at SAIF, and provides examples of how businesses can implement green changes to better the environment and the bottom line.

And be sure to tune in next time on Waste Matters on the Air, September 10 at 1pm on KMUZ (88.5, 100.7fm) to hear from Environmental Specialist Keare Blaylock. She will talk about the importance of water quality in Marion County. 

Just Eat It, Free Film Screening

Wed., October 7, 6:30pm
Locks Auditorium, Salem Public Library

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking. A Save the Food presentation and Q&A will follow. 

Battery Recycling

In order to prevent batteries from accidentally “shorting out” and causing a fire, it is required that you use clear tape to cover both ends of the following types of batteries:

  • Rechargeable batteries, including lithium metal (primary),
  • Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) and any button cell (like watch batteries) or
  • 9-volt batteries or larger.

Regular “AA” or “AAA” alkaline batteries do not need to be taped. If you aren’t sure if the battery is rechargeable, tape it to be safe.

Simply place them into a zip-sealed plastic bag, and leave on top of the basket with your other special recyclables. 

For more information, visit:

Master Recycler Pay Back Hours

Don't forget to report your pay back hours to Bailey so you too can receive your Master Recycler Certificate!
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