Master Recycler News | September 2016

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   September 2016 
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Blue Bag Fundraising   Blue Jeans Swap

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Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) is excited to introduce a new fundraising opportunity through BottleDrop Redemption Centers – the Fundraiser Blue Bag program. Fundraiser Blue Bags can be used by nonprofit organizations to collect deposit cans and bottles and easily receive the refunds through a fundraising account at BottleDrop.

To become a Featured Fundraiser and have access to the Fundraiser Blue Bag program, nonprofits can apply online at


Blue Jeans Swap

Did you know it takes about 1,800 gallons of water to produce the cotton in a pair jeans? Stop the waste and participate in the Back to School Jeans Swap

Drop off blue jeans-any size, clean and in good condition-at Salem Public Library's adult, children, or teen Ask Here desks from Tuesday, August 16 , through 11 a.m. Saturday, September 3. Donors may select "new" jeans from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Anderson Rooms A&B. Refreshments and a Blue Jean recycling craft will be provided. For more information visit the facebook event page! 

Volunteer    Event 
Volunteered   Public Lands
Capitol Mall
ess Fair
Weds, Sept. 21
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Get happy and come help spread the good news of waste reduction to our friends over on the Capitol Mall. We're looking for three volunteers to help staff our booth for either two or three hour shifts. Can you make it?
If yes, contact Alan Pennington at

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  Environmental Issues
and Outdoor Adventure

Salem Environmental Education LLC (SEE) invites you to learn more about the environment and discover adventure in your backyard. The Environmental Issues Series and Outdoor Adventures kicks off September 21st at 7pm at the Louck's Auditorium (Salem Public Library) with a panel to talk about Public Land Issues. 

SEE (Salem Environmental Education, LLC) was founded to provide quality environmental education to children and adults. For more information visit SEE's website.
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Cart2Art   Energy Trust

Cart 2 Art

Saturday, September 24
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Dye house at the Willamette Heritage Center, Salem

It's time for the third annual Cart 2 Art benefit auction of art made from recycled and repurposed materials! All proceeds support the Straub Environmental Center's education programs. 

Visit their website, email or call 503-391-4145 for details.

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Energy 101

Many thanks to Rick Flaco, with the Existing Homes program at Energy Trust for giving a fabulous presentation about residential
energy programs that are available. And thanks to those who attended! For more info visit our facebook page.

News    Events 
Art Calendar Contest   September Green Community Calendar
Calling All Students & Teachers

This is a great way to win $500 for your classroom and showcase your talent! This year’s theme is “Less is More” and we are looking for creative ways that kids can help reduce waste at school.​ Winning Illustrations will be used in the 2017 Recycle Art Calendars! Find out the details here. 
  Green Community Calendar

There is a lot happening in September! 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!
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