Association of Oregon Recyclers

Dean Williams Memorial Fund

AOR is very sorry to share the news of Dean Williams' passing. After fighting a sudden and severe battle with pancreatic cancer, Dean passed away the day after Thanksgiving.

AOR awarded Dean Williams the Alice Soderwall Reuse and Waste Prevention Award at Sustainable Oregon 2014 for his extraordinary work with the Pedal Power Partnership, a program he created in conjunction with Waste Management and the Yamhill Community Action Partnership to salvage and repair bicycles and donate them to those in need. You can read more about Dean and the Partnership in AOR's 2014 summer quarterly newsletter.

Funeral services were held on December 13 at the City Outreach Ministries in McMinnville; a miltary service will be held at a future date. A memorial fund is being established by Dean’s many community partners at Bank of America in McMinnville. For more information, contact Waste Management (Karen at 971-261-4013).

Presentations from AOR's Winter Forum Now Available

Thank you to everyone who attended AOR's sold out winter forum on Dec 2, 11:30am-4pm at McMenamins Kennedy School. The forum explored plastics recycling opportunities for Oregon. A special thank you to all our speakers, and to our sponsor Waste Connections.

For more info, visit the forum page.

Presentations from Sustainable Oregon 2014 Now Available

Thanks to everyone who made Sustinable Oregon 2014 Oregon State University in Corvallis a success!

Please visit the conference page to download the presentations, see the elections results, view the Recycler of the Year award winners, and more.

Sign Up for Recycling 101

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 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.

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Read the Fall 2014 Edition of AOR's Quarterly Newsletter

AOR's quarterly newsletter features updates about AOR and AOR members.

Download AOR's fall 2014 quarterly newsletter here.


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