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Save the Food Campaign
• Earth Day Photos
Recycle Guide
Upcycle Oregon Awards
• Volunteers Needed
Honoring Our Rivers
• Recycling 101
I-Spy Reuse Art
Green Community Calendar
• Energy Saver Kit


“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”

-Martin Luther King Jr. 


We've been working hard to kick off the Save the Food Campaign. Already we've had over 60 Marion County residents sign up to take the Save the Food Pledge, and we need your help to spread the word!

The average American family throws away one fourth of all food purchased, however you can be the change. We encourage you to take action by pledging to reduce food waste, take the challenge and spread the word. By implementing simple strategies, you can plan ahead, shop smart, prep early, and properly store the food you purchase. Save time, money, and Save the Food.

Save the Food Pledge BadgeBe the Change: Save the Food 

Take the Pledge and Save the Food

What if I told you that you can reduce the amount of food wasted and save on groceries and garbage? Sound pretty good, right? We have the power to make real changes in our community by simply implementing food waste prevention strategies in our kitchens. Start today by taking the Save the Food Pledge and encourage others to do the same!

Save the Food Challenge Badge

Take the Challenge and Save the Food

You’re a go-getter. We like that! We love that you want to take action to Save the Food. Take the Save the Food Challenge to see how much food you really waste. We’ll provide an easy to use tool kit and you’ll start by saving the preventable food waste and measuring it for five weeks. For the first week you’ll simply save any preventable food and measure. Weeks 2-5 you’ll make changes and keep measuring. Then at the end of the challenge you’ll report back to us so we can track results and reduce food waste county-wide. We’ll raffle off prizes and gift certificates for Save the Food Challenge participants, and you’ll become a Save the Food agent of change!


Need more motivation? Check out our infographic and click to download:


Earth Day Fair 2015

This year we had over 5000 visitors, spectacular weather, and blooming gardens to welcome Earth Day. Thanks to our volunteers and business partners for making this happen! And a special thanks to Marion County Master Recyclers listed below for their volunteerism at the event:
  • Janet Maulding
  • Leslie Curry
  • Melissa Garinger
  • Anne Keith
  • Barbara Dowling
  • Kathleen Fitts
  • Farouk Husseini
  • Elizabeth Husseini
  • Christi Hughes
  • Don Albright
  • Paul Freeman
Recycle Guide made Even Easier
Visit: (a new address, same great information!) And many thanks to Judy Skinner, Master Recycler and Volunteer Extraordinaire for her many hours of updating the guide. Her assistance has been tremendous! 

Upcycle Oregon Awards 


We were excited to see so many folks attend the first ever Upcycle Oregon event at the Oregon State Capitol on April 10th and 11th. Hard working Marion County Master Recyclers were on hand to teach folks how to make paper flowers and answer questions about upcycling. Willamette University hosted a business panel to discuss reuse opportunities and the impact of upcycling in Oregon. Nancy Judd, a nationally acclaimed upcycled artist from Recycle Runway  emceed the fashion show and showcased her art in the upcycled art showcase. Garten Services provided electronics recycling. Hands on activities were provided by the Gilbert House Children's Museum, DIY Studio, and Marion County. Thanks to the dynamic duo Beth and Farouk Husseini, the always cheery Cherry Beeken, and recycling enthusiast Christie Hughes for their assistance during the event. 

DIY Studio hosted the artist and fashion shows. The Best of Show artist award was given to Marj Engle. Marj makes paper mosaic jewelry and 2D art from recycled materials using a self-designed method. Consciousness of resources guides her choices. She converts these resources into a new, more appealing form, getting more art in the hands of the people and less garbage into the landfills.

Runner-up awardees are Meg Rowe and Cherry Beeken (Marion County Master Recycler).

The Best of Show fashion award went to Hailey Kavanagh. Hailey is a 16-year-old sophomore student at Mountain View High School in Bend. Her two-piece pointy paper outfit received a gasp from the audience upon it’s arrival to the runway. She 
recently placed in the National Scholastic Awards and will be going to New York later this spring for an award ceremony at Carnegie Hall. The prize she won from Upcycle Oregon will assist Hailey with her travel costs.

Runner-up awardees are Isabel and Griselda Puga (Marion County Waste Reduction Coordinator) and Erin Bass. Congratulations everyone!



Volunteers Needed

Elementary School Waste Audits
If you are able to lead a waste audit at an elementary school in the next month or so, please contact Bailey (503-365-3191) and he can put you in touch with a school that is ready to do one. Dates/times are flexible, but likely will happen during regular school hours.

Silverton Farmers Market  
Enjoy a day outdoors at the Silverton Farmers Market and help children make potted plants! A Master Recycler is needed to help staff a booth at the market on Saturday, May 16th from 9:00am - 1:00pm. If you can help with this activity, please contact Bailey  (503-365-3191).
Nature Trail Tour
A Master Recycler is needed to lead a tour of the recycling nature trail at the Salem-Keizer Recycling and Transfer Station. There are three tours and you can sign up for one, two or all three.
  • The first one is for a group of 7 home-schooled children and can be sometime in the second week of May or beyond.
  • The second one is for a class of kindergarteners from Silverton and they would like to do the tour at 9:15 on Friday, May 29th.
  • The third tour is for a group of 20 Head Start preschoolers and the date is very flexible.
If you'd like to sign up for any of the tours, please contact Bailey (503-365-3191). 

Hot off the Press
Honoring Our Rivers 2015 is a showcase of Oregon student writing and artwork focused on rivers and watersheds.

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. 
I-Spy Reuse Art 
12 schools in the electronics recycling competition wins this fabulous art trophy! It was made by families and ELAN (a UO art group) at a community center this past weekend--out of all recycled parts, including some recycled electronics. Thanks Master Recycler Beth Casper for sharing this inspirational piece. See if you can find these items below:
  • Remote Control
  • Pez Dispenser
  • Duck
  • Spacebar
  • Gavel
  • 3 clothes pins
  • Rainbow Bracelet
  • Feathers
May Green Community Calendar
Mother's Day is just around the corner and spring has already sprung. View the online Green Community Calendar to stay up-to-date with all the 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!
Small Changes, Big Energy Savings
Order your free Energy Saver Kit! Save energy and money with the efficient products in an Energy Saver Kit* from Energy Trust of Oregon. Order today!
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