Master Recycler News | April 2017

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Get WILD About Earth Day!

Saturday, April 22, 2017​ |10 am to 4 pm​

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

Location: Oregon Garden in Silverton  
​For more details visit the​ ​Oregon ​Garden 
call 503-874-8100​
Invite your friend​s! (through facebook)

The Earth Day Fair is brought to you by Marion County Environmental Services, The Oregon Garden, and the Oregon Garden Resort.​​

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School Sorting Game

Still have some hours to pay back for the Master Recycler Program? Play the recycling sorting activity with three classes of 4th graders at a Salem elementary school. If you are interested in helping, it will be in the afternoon of 4/20 and will take approximately 3 hours. If you are available to help, please contact Bailey 503.365.3191.

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Green Community Calendar

Feel the love of all that is green and check out green events on the the Green Community Calendar. If you'd like to share your event, email Jessica or give her a call at 503-365-3180. Stay up-to-date with local, green events by adding the Green Community Calendar to your google calendar as well!


Nature walk   Free Shredding Day
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Nature Walk Tour

We need a Master Recycler (preferably two) to lead a tour of the nature trail at the Salem-Keizer Recycling & Transfer Station on April 27th from 9:30am - 11:00am. If you would like to teach 28 young, inquisitive minds (preschoolers) and their teachers about the 3 Rs, now's your chance!

If you are available, please contact Karen to confirm and please also copy Bailey on your email so that he can log your hours.

Shred Day

Saturday, April 8 • 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Maps Dan Penn Admin. Building

451 Division St. NE, Salem

You can shred up to two mid-size boxes of paper for free. Please remove items larger than staples and paper clips attached to papers.

Donations accepted to the Change a Child's Life Coin Campaign benefiting Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Maps will match all donations received.

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Oregon Green Schools
Summit Volunteers

Thursday, April 13: afternoon
Friday, April 14: 8:00 - 3:00 (shifts)

The Summit is an opportunity for students from across the state to convene for a day of celebration, learning and networking. At the summit, we strive to celebrate the accomplishments of each school and to provide opportunities to strengthen programs.Master Recyclers are needed to help direct students between sessions, set up tables, clean up, register schools, etc. at the 21st Annual Oregon Green Schools Summit. If you are available to help, please contact Bailey.

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Earth Day Fair Volunteers
Saturday April 22,
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 &/or help with some of our hands-on activities, and more.

Please contact 
Alan ( 503-365-3188).
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Many thanks to Kerr Concentrates and their amazing crew of DIYers who helped fix the Deepwood Museum & Gardens compost demonstration site. Check out what they accomplished by visiting the site behind the greenhouse today. 

Bottles and Cans

What is new?
The redemption value on refundable containers has increased from 5-cents to 10-cents. Containers that are labeled OR 5¢ will be accepted by retailers for the new refund value of 10¢.

What kind of bottles and cans can you return?
You can return canned and bottled beer, malt beverages, soft drinks, and water. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, that will be expanded to include all beverage containers except distilled liquor, wine, dairy or plant-based milk, and infant formula.

Why the increase?
In 2011 the state Legislature ordered that if the redemption rate fell below 80% for two consecutive years the 5¢ bottle deposit would be doubled. The redemption rates for 2014 and 2015 were below 80%.

Why have the redemption rates decreased?
The increasing popularity of curbside recycling combined with the decreased value of the nickel means more deposit containers are put out at the curb instead of returned.
Why is there a bottle bill? The bottle bill helped combat the growing litter problem along Oregon beaches, highways, and public areas by encouraging people to recycle bottles and cans.

Where can I take my containers for redemption?
Up to 350 containers per person per day can be redeemed at a bottle drop center. While some large retailers that are close to bottle drop centers no longer accept bottles and cans, smaller retailers must accept 24-50 containers per person per day depending on their distance from a bottle redemption centers. Addresses for bottle drop centers are below.

Salem Bottle Drop
4815 Commercial Street SE
Salem, OR 97302

Lancaster Bottle Drop
1917 Lancaster NE
Salem, OR 97305

Northeast Salem Bottle Drop
1880 Commercial St NE
Salem, OR 97301-0709