Association of Oregon Recyclers
Presentations from AOR's Spring Forum Now Available
AOR’s Spring Forum was held on Wednesday, April 2 at the McMenamins Kennedy School in Northeast Portland.
Recycling programs are often built around a single market, and AOR’s spring forum examined the importance of diversifying end markets. Using the recovery of urban wood waste as an example, the forum examined the flow of materials, the current markets for wood waste, and market alternatives. We explored situations that could cause other recycling markets to disappear and talked about the effects this has on the rest of the recycling system. We spent the last hour of the forum in small groups discussing what is needed in Oregon to ensure that we are supporting market development and have more flexibility in our programs when markets change.
Visit the forum page for presentations from the forum.
Lori Scozzafava to Give Keynote Address at Sustainable Oregon 2014
AOR is pleased to announce that the opening keynote speaker for Sustainable Oregon 2014 is Lori Scozzafava, Executive Director of the US Composting Council.
Ms. Scozzafava has been involved in solid waste management for over 25 years and was Deputy Executive Director of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) from 2004 through 2012. Prior to serving as Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Scozzafava was SWANA’s Director of Technical Programs and the Recycling Services Division Manager for the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Visit the conference page for more info about Sustainable Oregon 2014.
Register for Sustainable Oregon 2014
Join AOR at the Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, June 19-21, 2014 for its annual conference and trade show, Sustainable Oregon.
Sustainable Oregon is a three-day interactive learning experience featuring cutting-edge educational sessions and workshops, local and national experts and speakers, facility tours, valuable networking opportunities, and an awards program celebrating the achievements of Oregon’s recycling, reuse, and waste reduction businesses and leaders. The conference also provides unmatched networking opportunities in one location. This is the time and place each year that recycling professionals from Oregon and around the Northwest gather to talk about all things recycling, composting, and sustainable materials management.
Visit the conference page for the latest info, including how to register, hotel information, agenda details, and more.
Sign Up for Recycling 101
AOR is pleased to announce that registration is open for Recycling 101, an innovative, noncredit online recycling education course. The cost is $75 for individuals and $50 for groups of five or more.
Recycling 101, offered by Professional and Noncredit Education at Oregon State University (OSU), teaches participants about the life cycle of recyclables, the impact of hazardous waste, and how to manage compostables, plus how to reduce waste at home and in the workplace.
Featuring high-quality instructional multimedia, the course allows participants to study when their schedule allows.
Recycling 101 is modeled after the successful Master Recycler program, found in eight Oregon communities.
For more information, including how to register, visit OSU's Recycling 101 webpage.
Help spread the word about Recycling 101! Download our informational postcard here.
"I Want to be Recycled" Ad Campaign
Keep America Beautiful (KAB), in collaboration with the Ad Council, has recently launched "I Want to be Recycled," their first national recycling campaign since the iconic “Crying Indian” campaign of the 1970s.
AOR is supporting the campaign and has FREE promotional print materials for your newsletters and a short video for your local television broadcasts, theaters, or school events. Learn more here.
AOR Gives You Free Access to New Online University Dedicated to Organic Waste Management
Compostory.org is packaging an unprecedented online learning platform for local governments, waste management professionals, and the agricultural sector in efforts to bring the six continents up to speed on organic waste management practices.
The introductory lesson is open to everyone and details the course strategy and objectives. Lessons are currently being released and AOR offers free access to the course. Request an invite here and use the Guest Code “AORRONE2013” in the registration form to access the course.
The course syllabus was created by a world class advisory board to provide a comprehensive introduction on organics recycling based on success stories from around the world. To that end, the course delivers the big picture, enabling participants to build their own organics waste “vision” while emphasizing the variance of many parameters, namely, regulations, economic models, and climate.
AOR's Board of Directors Adopts Position Regarding Degradable Additives in Plastics
The Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR) has adopted a policy opposing the use of degradable additives in plastic products unless the additive has been accepted under the Design for Recycling Guidelines of the Association of Post Consumer Plastic Recyclers (APR).
Despite additive producers' claims that the additives help plastic packaging degrade rapidly, testing conducted by APR found the claims of recyclability to be unfounded, untested, and possibly misleading as outlined in the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guide and deemed these plastic additives “contaminants in the recycling stream.”
The concern for degradable additives in plastics stems from the effect these additives have on the recyclability of the products containing them, as well as the potential impacts on climate change and littering.
Read more about the position here.
AOR Members Can Get 40 Percent Off Rubbermaid Products
Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP), the leader in durable facility maintenance solutions based in Winchester, VA, has signed a charter partnership agreement with the Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA).
Rubbermaid offers discounts of up to 40 percent below list pricing for RONA members and affiliates on over 400 products in the following product categories: Recycling Containers, Utility Containers, Indoor Decorative Containers, Outdoor Containers, Cube Trucks, and Tilt Trucks & Mega Brute. All pricing is in case quantities. Full case quantities only; minimum order is $500.
AOR is a member organization of RONA and AOR members are eligible to take advantage of the discounted pricing.
- Go to RONA’s website.
- On the Membership tab, scroll down to Member Services and then click on Intro to Rubbermaid Discount.
- You must register with RONA in order to proceed. Follow the directions on the page. If you are already registered, login.
- Once you’re registered, you may be redirected to the Rubbermaid Discount Program page. If not, return to the Member tab, scroll down to Member Services and click on Rubbermaid Discount Program.
- Click on one of the options under Categories at the bottom of the Rubbermaid Discount Program page to begin shopping.
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Read the Winter 2014 Edition of AOR's Quarterly Newsletter
AOR's quarterly newsletter features updates about AOR and AOR members.
Download AOR's Winter 2014 quarterly newsletter here.
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