Ringing in the New Year!  January 2016

Join us for a tour of the Goodwill Outlet!

We've all been to a Goodwill, but did you know about all of the innovative things they do to ensure that textiles, electronics, furniture, books, tools and more are reused? Get a behind-the-scenes tour where they sort donations and prepare items that do not sell. We will meet inside the Goodwill Outlet (3235 Portland Rd. NE, Salem 97301) at 5:30pm on Thursday, January 7th.  Feel free to invite a friend! RSVP today!

Volunteers Needed

Mid-Willamette Valley Home Show
Friday, January 15 ( 3:30 - 7pm)
Saturday, January 16 (1 - 4pm, 4 - 7pm)
Sunday, January 17 (10am - 1:30pm, 1:30 - 5pm)
Oregon State Fairgrounds

Master Recycler volunteers are needed to staff our booth at the Mid-Willamette Valley Home Show as we focus on publicizing ways to cut waste, recycle more, and compost everything possible. Get those volunteer hours done while having a fun and enjoyable experience! Contact Alan Pennington via email or 503.365.3188 to sign up. 

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!
Report Your Hours

It's Nomination Time!

The 2016 Mid-Willamette Valley Green Awards are just around the corner, and it's time to nominate one or two of your favorite candidates. All nominations are due by midnight on January 18, 2016. The categories this year are:
  • Green Apple of the Year
  • Sustainable Business of the Year
    Large and Small
  • EarthWISE Business of the Year
  • Recycler of the Year
  • Green Product/Service of the Year
  • Green Brewery/Cider/Wine Maker of the Year

Earth Day Poster Contest

Its that time again, time to gear up for our annual Oregon Garden Earth Day poster contest! For the past 16 years, kids have been celebrating and learning about the earth with us through their art contributions. We would like to invite your students to participate in this year's contest to help promote Earth Day 2016.

Our theme this year is "Clean water, clear skies." Please see attached for a description of what this theme entails to help you begin the conversation with your class.

The poster contest is open to students in all K-12 programs. The Earth Day Committee will choose one Grand Prize winner for the official 2016 Earth Day posters, advertisements, and website that will be used to promote our event. We will display all winning and honorable mention poster entries at the event as well as award a First Place Prize to one student in each of these categories: grades K-3; grades 4-7; grades 8-12. The teacher of the student who wins the Grand Prize will receive a $100 gift card for classroom use. All poster entries must be postmarked by Friday, Jan. 31, 2016 .

For questions regarding the poster contest, please contact Alan Pennington at 503-365-3188. Prizes and rules.

Recycling 101 
This ONLINE certificate class is noncredit, self paced, and low cost and gives a comprehensive in depth look at waste and recycling in Oregon.  For more information, visit Recycling 101 online. 


January Green Calendar

The new year is here so now's a fabulous time to check the calendar for green event goodness. Email Jessica or give her a call at 503.365.3180 to add your event to the calendar. And be sure to add the Green Community Calendar to your google calendar as well!


Marion County, We have you Covered

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Valley Roots

Celebrating and Nurturing a Sustainable Community

Stay tuned for our Valley Roots event in January. We are still deciding on the time and place, however the topic will be consumption and the effects on our environment. 

Join the Valley Roots Public Facebook Group, and sign up to get regular announcements for Valley Roots!

Marion County hosted Valley Roots in December. Many thanks to Kaci Radcliffe, Gregg Watkins, and Tracy Meyer for sharing their experience about implementing their knowledge from the Master Recycling class at work. 

Waste Matters on the Air

Tune in January 14 at 1pm to hear Terry Fristad, former waste reduction coordinator in Marion County discuss how Marion County's innovative recycling programs came to be. 

Waste Matters on the Air takes place the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 1pm on KMUZ (88.5, 100.7 FM). Stream the show live on or with the TuneIn radio app for smart phones and tablets. You can also listen to archived episodes online

2016 Art Calendar Contest

Fourteen students from Marion County were honored at the county Board of Commissioners meeting in December for their artwork.

In an effort to promote waste reduction and resource conservation in local schools, Marion County Public Works' Environmental Services and Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling Association teamed up to create this year's Student Recycle Art Calendar contest, according to a recent press release.

Beginning in April, students throughout the county submitted illustrations that addressed this year's theme, "Save the Food." Students were encouraged to think of ways in which they could help prevent food waste. In addition to having their art featured in the calendar, students with winning entries received certificates presented to them by the board of commissioners.

The 2016 art calendar award winners are:
·   Allium Letey-Moore, 10th grade, Sprague High School
·   Hayden Smith, 5th grade, Wright Elementary
·   Madison Dryden, 6th grade, Livingstone Academy
·   Rosalyn Cavazos, 5th grade, Mary Eyre Elementary
·   Gery DePeña, 5th grade, Livingstone Academy
·   Alexis Reeves, 5th grade, Hammond Elementary
·   Logan Marone, 6th grade, Robert Frost
·   Karley Coady, 11th grade, Sprague High School
·   Graci Newcomb, 2nd grade, Sumpter Elementary
·   Lauren Jin, 11th grade, Sprague High School
·   Emma Hurley, 8th grade, Judson Middle School
·   Stephan Salinas, 6th grade, Mt. Angel Middle School
·   Acacia Hewitt, 12th grade, Sprague High School
·   Isaiah Castro, Kindergarten, Jefferson Elementary

View photos of the winners on our facebook page, or see the calendar online.Calendars are free and available by contacting Marion County Public Works at (503) 566-4159.
Copyright © 2016 Marion County Environmental Services, All rights reserved.

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