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We know you care about the environment and waste reduction and it's great to get outside and connect with others. Feel free to use this calendar to stay connected to the events around you and share with others. 

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Salem Puppet Parade

Choose Reuse, Salem Puppet Parade
Saturday, September 22, Noon
Winter Street between Grant and Saturday Market

Dance, pedal, skate, or strut your artful, reuse puppet down Winter Street for the Salem Puppet Parade. This is part of a larger event called Open Streets Salem. If you are a spectator that's okay too. You can watch the parade at noon on Winter Street between Grant Community School and the Salem Saturday Market.

The Salem Puppet Parade is a community puppet parade that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate local ecology, reuse, and the rich culture of the valley through visual and performing arts. All sized puppets are welcome to participate and volunteer puppeteers, movers and noise makers (no experience necessary) are needed for the event. 

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Master Recycler Training
& Movie Night

Tuesday, September 25, Northern Lights
6:00 to 7:30pm

Do you feel like you need a waste reduction uplift, an educational reset, a mixed roll cart chakra alignment? Be one of the 100 other Master Recyclers to attend the first of many upcoming sessions to broaden the depth of your knowledge and motivation when it comes to what we're all passionate about: waste and how not to make it.

Festivities include:

The premiere of the film Straws
Play "stump the chump"
Recycling updates
Win prizes

The MR training will begin at 6 PM sharp at Northern Lights Theater, 3893 Commercial St SE, Salem, 97302. This is a FREE, NO COST event, but it is exclusively for Marion County Master Recyclers ONLY. Sorry, family members are not allowed to accompany you. Admission to this event is by reservation only and is on a first come basis. Food and drink may be purchased at the Northern Lights concession stand prior to the event and brought into the theater. 


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Many of us don't like change but changes are here to stay. So let's get it right! Do you know what can be put into the mixed recycling cart? Download your Recycle Right Poster so your family and coworkers know the rules too! 

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Reduce Reuse Challenge

Marion County residents are invited to show how to avoid waste and reuse materials! This month’s challenge will be reducing/reusing plastic jars (all of those pesky peanut butter or mayonnaise jars). Since these jars are NOT allowed in the mixed recycling cart, share your photo of how you reuse these jars and or reduce using these jars.

Submit photos, your name, address, and phone number by September 21, 2018.

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Calling all Master Recyclers!
Clean Up and Recycling Round Up Event
Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8 to noon.

The City of Donald is hosting their second annual Clean Up and Recycling Round Up Event. Donald, situated in Marion County's upper north, is looking for two Master Recycler volunteers to staff a booth and interact with concerned citizens regarding the do's and do not's of what goes into their mixed roll cart...and more!

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Blue Jean Swap

Jean Swap Update

The Back-to-School Blue Jean Swap at the Salem Public Library supplied over 280 jeans to swappers and those in need. Dana Canning, Master Recycler and coordinator of the Salem Sleeping Bag project collected pants deemed to be “beyond the pale” (stains, non-functioning zippers, holes, etc.) to be used as fiber in making sleeping bags for the homeless. The remaining 80 pairs of jeans will be donated to Helping Hands, a local organization that provides free clothing to those in need. Many thanks to the Salem Public Library for this partnership as well as Emily Vincent and Dana Canning for volunteering at the event. 

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Recycled Thoughts Book Club

Do you have an endless reading list but often find other things to occupy your time? Interested in learning more about the environment, sustainability, and nature? Want to discuss important topics about the environment and make positive change? Then this online book club is for you! Join the Recycled Thoughts book club and together we will tackle that book list.


Trashy Tuesday

Trashy Tuesday

Volunteer to help protect Claggett Creek and the West Fork of Little Pudding River. All ages are welcome!

Volunteer for an hour and you can:
-Make an impact by reducing pollution & beautify the neighborhood
-Get exercise
-Meet your neighbors

Vests and tools will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothing, sturdy, close toed shoes, and bring water. 

Volunteer dates:
Sept. 11th 5:30-6:45pm
Sept. 25th 5:00-6:15pm
Oct. 9th 5:45-6:00 pm
Oct. 23rd 4:30-5:45pm