Master Recycler News | July 2017

July Master Recycler Masthead


Master Recycler: Mike Brickley

Mike Brickley

Mike Brickley knows how to make things work. He has added extra batteries to his hybrid to get outstanding gas mileage. He volunteers with Salem Chamber of Commerce and Mike has paid back his Master Recycler hours by helping folks repair items at two Repair Fair & Shares. When we were looking for a fixpert to show step by step repairs in front of a TV camera crew, Mike jumped in to help (view the TV spot). Mike has also volunteered at Marion County booths to help educate the public about waste reduction and recycling. 

Master Recycler: Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson

Kent took the Master Recycler class with a few co-workers from
Garten Services. Kent used the audio version of the Master Recycler Manual to study for the program. The audio was recorded by Val Wallinger so her husband Don (also from Garten) could listen to them on his commute from Portland.These audio recordings are now available to aid anyone in the Master Recycler class.

After completing the class, Kent helped with several Garten Zero Waste
Events including Earth Day at Oregon Garden, and several LifeSource Food
Fairs to complete his 30 hours of payback.




Repair Fair

The Habitat for Humanity Mid Willamette Valley’s ReStore is hosting the event (thanks to Master Recycler Chris Ream).

Repair Fair & Share, ReStore
1249 13th St SE, SSalem, 97302
Saturday, July 15, 11am – 1pm

11:30 Live demo with Meg Rowe about simple sewing fixes and sewing machine maintenance.

This is a family-friendly event with Fusion serving delicious food,
Santiam Brewing Co., and JD Goins playing live music. 

RSVP on Facebook

Items to bring include:

  • Jewelry
  • Stringed instruments
  • Textiles
  • Small appliances
  • Bike tune up
  • Tools that need sharpening
  • Computers

Guests are asked to bring replacement parts to aid in the repair. The event is first come, first serve. Guests may bring one item at a time to get repaired and then bring another item after the initial repair.

Thank you to these volunteers: RJ Navarro, Mike Brickley, Nancy Darst, Lesley Johnson, Alice Morton, Susan Tanabe, Mike Nolley, Pablo Medina, Susan Botkin, Celia Baculi, Melinda Hale Hautala, Dan Hampel, Mike Brickley, Bill Thompson, Judy Skinner, Meg Rowe, Chris Ream, Stephania Fregosi, Kimberly Fanshier

 Marion County Fair   July Green Community Calendar
Marion County Fair
Oregon State Fairgrounds

Garten is hiring people for garbage sorting; collection of garbage,
recycling and compost; table wiping and litter patrol for the Marion
County Fair. Set up on July 5th, Fair 6th-9th two shifts, July 10th tear
down. For more information visit Garten Services.
Also be sure to stop by and visit Master Recyclers at their booth! We'd love to see you. 

Green Community Calendar

Feel the love of all that is green and check out the green events on the the Green Community Calendar. If you'd like to share your event, email us . Stay up-to-date with local, green events by adding the Green Community Calendar to your google calendar as well!


money       Salem Art Fair

DEQ Grants

Are you looking to fund a program that promotes the prevention, recovery or reuse of solid waste? The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management program offers grants to do just that!

This year there is also a micro grant to promote workforce development and training. Funding must result in new reuse/repair work for at least one person. Small business or nonprofit organizations with reuse/repair as a core activity or filling a specific reuse/repair position qualify for the micro grant (up to 10K). 

Currently, DEQ is in the planning stage for the the 2017 Materials Management grant round, and a full description of grant types, requirements and deadlines will be posted soon.

You can sign up to receive periodic information about DEQ's materials management grants program. For more information visit Oregon DEQ.


Salem Art Fair
Bush's Pasture Park

Friday, July 21
10:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 4:00
4:00 - 7:00
Saturday, July 22
10:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 4:00
4:00 - 7:00
Sunday, July 23
11:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 5:30
After a decade long hiatus, Marion County's Master Recyclers are returning to the Art Fair in celebration as the Salem Art Association attempts the very first Zero-Waste Art Fair east of the Mississippi. Marion County will be hosting a booth that'll focus on reducing single use plastic bags and encouraging folks to not feed the bag monster.... in our case, bag dragon.....seriously!
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Art Supply Swap

Art Swap        Happy Customers

On June 3rd local artists and crafters scavenged mounds of surplus supplies at the Salem Public Library at the first Art Supply Swap. We were so pleased with the amount of quality supplies donated as well as the large crowd waiting for the doors to open, that we will have to schedule another event soon!

Many thanks to Ann Scheppke from the Salem Public Library and volunteers Samantha Raye with her daughter, Vonnie Lincoln, Meg Rowe, Nancy Darst, Molly Garmire and JoAnna Maddux for making it a success! 

Volunteers       Swap Volunteers

More Volunteers       JoAnna


Bike dropoff

Check out the new drop off site at the Salem Keizer Recycling and Transfer Station! The Northwest Hub has created this new drop off site to help recover more bikes. The Northwest Hub is a not for profit full service bicycle shop, bike reclamation program and training center. Proceeds from our cycling center directly serve neighbors in need of transportation who "purchase" a bike through service to our community. Through recycling, reclamation, training and redistribution, the NW Hub provides affordable services and sales to the general public and free bicycles, locks, parts, repair training and vocational rehabilitation to adults and at-risk youth. 

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