Spring into Green |  April 2016

Earth Day Fair

Join us for a day of learning and fun at the Oregon Garden in Silverton! There will be activities, food, and music for people of all ages both indoors and outdoors.​

When: Saturday, April 23, 2016​ from 10 am to 4 pm​

Location: Oregon Garden in Silverton  
​For more details visit the​ ​Oregon ​Garden, call 503-874-8100,
or RSVP on Facebook.


Volunteer Opportunities!

Earth Walk Tour Guide:
Wednesday, April 13: 1:30 - 2:30pm
A Master Recycler is needed to lead a tour of the Salem-Keizer Recycling & Transfer Station and the Earth Walk. There will be approximately 20 students ages 5-12 and their parents. If you would like to lead this tour, please contact Anita Knots ( -or- 541-505-6466). Once you have confirmed the tour date, please let Bailey know via email or 503-365-3191). know so that he can notify the transfer station and give you tips on how to lead the tour.

Yoshikai Elementary Family Nature Night
2 volunteers needed from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Environmental Services joins up with Straub Environmental Learning Center to offer up a waste reduction activity to students & their families at Yoshikai Elementary. It's a fun evening with lots of educational groups taking part. Interested? For more info email Alan Pennington or call 503-365-3188.

Earth Walk Tour Guide:
Thursday, April 21: 9:15 am - 10:15 am 
A Master Recycler is needed to lead a tour of the Salem-Keizer Recycling & Transfer Station and the Earth Walk. There will be approximately 17 students ages 5-6 and their teachers. If you would like to lead this tour, please contact Emily Plata ( -or- 971-239-3131). Once you have confirmed the tour date, please let Bailey know via email or 503-365-3191so that he can notify the transfer station and give you tips on how to lead the tour.

Presentation to Cub Scouts
Thursday, April 21st: 6:30pm
A Master Recycler is needed to talk to a Cub Scout group at Sumpter Elementary School in South Salem. The recycling sorting game would be a great activity, and we have all the supplies for it. If you can help, please contact Bailey via email or phone (503-365-3191).

Earth Walk Tour Guide:
A Wednesday after-school (date TBD)
A Master Recycler is needed to lead a tour of the Salem-Keizer Recycling & Transfer Station and the Earth Walk. There will be approximately 10 students (Brownie Girl Scouts) and 5 parents. If you would like to lead this tour, please contact Bailey via email or 503-365-3191).

Earth Day Fair Volunteers
Saturday April 23,
Oregon Garden, Sliverton

Eight volunteers needed for each shift:
10:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Come join the fun at THE environmental event of the year at one of Marion County’s most beautiful attractions. There will be presentations, demonstrations, music, food, and fun.... oh yeah, there's a garden to walk around in, too. Volunteers will staff our display, Save the Food booth, &/or help with some of our hands-on activities, and more. Please contact Alan ( 503-365-3188).

Sheep to Shawl
Saturday May 7,
Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill St SE, Salem, Oregon 97301
Two volunteers needed for each shift:
10:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

The 31st Annual Sheep to Shawl will be a shear delight when we help with waste reduction stations and provide information about waste reduction and reuse at home. Connect with families and enjoy the animals, crafts, games, and music! Please contact Jessica via email or phone (503-365-3180) to sign up! 

It's Payback Time!

Do you believe in Karma?

Karma (Sanskrit: कर्म; IPA: [ˈkərmə] ( listen)Pali:kamma) means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).

Report your pay back hours and help influence the future of yourself and our planet. Give Bailey a call today so you too can receive your Master Recycler Certificate. Thanks for making our community even greener! 
Report Your Hours

And the Winners Are...

On March 5, 2016 sustainable people, businesses, organizations, and supporters filled the Historic Elsinore Theatre for the Mid-Valley Green Awards. Straub Environmental Learning Center and Marion County Public Works Environmental Services have spotlighted sustainability throughout the community for the past seven years at this annual event. This year there were over 27 nominations highlighted along with comedy and musical entertainment interspersed throughout the evening. Please join us in congratulating the winners!

Bobbie Snead 
Lifetime Achievement Award
Judy Skinner
Recycler of the Year
Assistance League of Salem-Keizer​
Business Recycler of the Year 
Modern Building Systems 
Green Product of the Year 
Northwest Hub 
Service of the Year 
Rich Swartzentruber 
Green Apple Educator of the Year 
Friends of Family Farmers 
Sustainable Small Business of the Year 
Oregon Department of Corrections 
Sustainable Large Business of the Year
Bethel Heights Winery 
Sustainable Wine Producer of the Year
Marion-Polk Food Share 
EarthWISE Business of the Year 

The True Cost Film

Progressive Film Series
7 pm, Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Grand Theatre | 191 High Street NE, Salem, OR
Admission $5

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencer including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

Call to Artists

Upcycle Oregon seeks artists, trashion fashion designers and reuse vendors for their event May, 21, 10 to 5 pm at the Salem Convention Center. Please visit for full submission guidelines and to apply.

Kuttlefish Online

You've probably heard of the animal Cuttlefish but have you heard of Kuttlefish online?

Kuttlefish is a global community designed to reduce waste by providing a marketplace for artisans to sell products made with recycled content, and for eco-conscious buyers to find those products. It also and an idea sharing platform to post and view reuse and recycling examples.

So if you are looking for an upcycled gift to give, or need ideas for some of that junk in your garage, check out Kuttlefish for inspiration. 

Spread the word, and reimagine good(s)!

Upcycling-Chest of Drawers 

Consists of various antique solid wood drawers of different age, covered with different decorative paper.

Vinyl Clock
Fashioned from old vinyl records, the collection comes in a variety of story-telling silhouettes.

Inner tube belt 

Every belt has text from the manufacturer or a puncture fixing patch on it’s surface, so all different and unique.

Steampunk'd, Lamp Art,

Gauges and metal parts make this upcycled lamp one of a kind.

Mason Jar Speaker

Plug in your music device (smartphone, iPod, etc) and the speaker automatically turns on, boasting a high volume, crystal clear sound. 

Recycled XBox Button Rings

Set of 4 handmade silver plated adjustable ring decorated with recycled xbox controller button rings.

Commissioners Approve Solid Waste Disposal Fee Increase

On Wednesday, the Marion County Board of Commissioners approved solid waste disposal fee increases that will go into effect October 1, 2016. These increases maintains the our programs and ensures the safe and sanitary disposal of solid waste.

The new fees include a $20 increase in the per ton tip fee for franchised garbage haulers, as well as at the Salem-Keizer Recycling & Transfer Station and the North Marion Transfer Station. The new fee for garbage haulers will be $87.45 per ton and $107.45 per ton at the transfer stations. This is the first increase in tip fees since 1992. Residential customers may see an estimated 6-8% increase in their garbage service resulting from the new tip fee.
Over the last year, the commissioners and the Solid Waste Management Advisory Council have been reviewing the impacts of various market conditions on the county’s solid waste system. The commissioners held a public hearing on Wednesday, March 30, regarding the proposed fee increases. This was the last in series of public meetings where the commissioners or Solid Waste Management Advisory Council discussed the possibility of increased tipping fees to preserve current service levels and maintain mandatory reserves. The county will work in cooperation with the Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling Association from now through October to provide information to residential customers about the new tip fee.

For more information about rates and the history of Environmental Services funding, please visit our webpage

Master Recycler Spoghtlight
Donna Powell

Please join us in congratulating Donna Powell for completing her Master Recycler payback hours and earning her certificate of completion. Here's how she did it: 

"After completing the Master Recycler course I volunteered for a shift at the annual Deepwood Plant Sale, where I helped kids plant seeds in cups of compost. Over the summer I spent many hours volunteering along with two of my classmates cleaning up the compost demonstration area at Deepwood. We weeded, trimmed bushes and shrubs, cleaned signage, and made repairs to the compost bins. I've also led a number of tours of the Transfer Station, which includes a short hike of the Earthwalk, for groups of school children along with their teachers and parents. My most recent volunteer opportunity was a shift at the Home Show held at the Marion County Fair Grounds where I talked to people about "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" and handing out bags of compost." -Donna Powell

April 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!

The Past, Present,
and Future of Oregon's Bottle Bill

AOR's 2016 Spring Forum

Thursday, April 14th, 2016, 11:00am - 3pm
The Reed Opera House
189 Liberty St. NE.Salem, OR 97301
$65 members; $95 nonmembers,
Register Now

Join AOR at the Reed Opera House in Salem, Oregon on Thursday, April 14th, as we examine Oregon’s redemption system. We’ll explore the history of our Bottle Bill, how it came to be, and how it stack’s up to the nation’s other 10 redemption programs. Our panel of industry experts will then take the stage for an exciting afternoon of Q&A answering everything you’ve ever wanted to know about this iconic law. And finally, for those interested, we will take a quick tour of the Salem Bottle Drop facility, located just up the road from our Forum Venue. 

Oregon Green School Summit 

Many thanks to Marion County Master Recyclers and volunteers for making the 2016 Oregon Green School Summit so successful. The summit provides an opportunity for students from across the state to convene for a day of celebration, learning, and networking. Over 35 school participated this year to learn about erosion, water and waste audits, solar energy and art, waste reduction and upcycling, and green transportation. Schools were able to show off their green dedication and environmental pride as well as participate in the sorting relay race. Thanks to these individual volunteers for their support! 

Anisha Stancil
Chad Naugle
County Commissioner Kevin Cameron
Judy Skinner
Kaci Radcliffe
Kirk Leonard
Meg Rowe
Paul Freeman
Sven Anderson

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