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October Waste Matters Calendar

Waste Matters Community Calendar
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 feel free to share it with others. 

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Reuse Rumble

Reuse Rumble and Recycling Q&A

Tuesday, October 30, 6 -7 pm
Facebook Live

Join us for the first ever Reuse Rumble! Challengers will battle it out over materials gleaned from the waste stream to earn the title of Reuse Rumble Champion. Industry expert judges will weigh in to answer recycling questions live through Facebook.

Tune into the event live on Facebook, send in your recycling questions, and watch the craft-off challenge unfold.


Wasted Film

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
Salem Progressive Film Series 
Tuesday, November 20, 7pm
Grand Theatre, 191 High St. NE, Salem

Admission: $5

WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.


Shred Event

Shred Event 
Saturday, October 20  11 am - 1 pm
Garten Services 3334 Industrial Way NE, Salem, OR 97303

Do you have shred to recycle? Or confidential paperwork that needs shredding? Or have old electronics taken over your junk drawer? Bring all three to Garten Services to dispose of for free! 

Drop off up to two banker size boxes of personal papers for confidential shredding. Additional shredding is 15 cents per pound. 

Bring your old household electronics for free recycling: TVs, telephones, computers, printers, cell phones, scanners, AV/sound equipment, cables & peripherals. No large appliances will be accepted (ie. Refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners).

Gears the electronics and recycling store will be open to the public this Saturday only! Check out amazing deals on laptops, PCs, parts, and peripherals.

Master Recycler Volunteers 
We are looking for four helpers to help direct traffic and hand out brochures. If you are able to volunteer, please let us know! 


Reduce Reuse Challenge October, Yogurt Tubs

Inspire Reduce and Reuse
Marion County residents are invited to show how to avoid waste and reuse plastic tubs (all of those pesky sour cream and yogurt tubs). Since these jars are NOT allowed in the mixed recycling cart, share your photo of how you reuse these tubs and or reduce using these tubs.

Submit photos, your name, address, and phone number by October 19, 2018.

The entry with the most likes on Facebook by 7 am, October 29, will win a prize and waste reduction bragging rights. 

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Yellow Jacket trap

Congrats September Challenge Winner!
Voters weighed and in choose creative Denny Barnes Yellow Jacket Trap. Here's what Denny says about his project: "This is one use of peanut butter jars I've found to be very successful. This has been a bad year for yellow jackets in my area and with many of these traps around the house, I have caught well over 50,000 yellow jackets this summer. Day after day, month after month, I was getting over a thousand a day. Just a little bacon in the center of the tube, water with a couple drops of detergent, they fly in, take a bite, fly up and are trapped. The photo is of just a few hours of activity. I rebait the traps every morning before the yellow jackets become active."

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Calling all Master Recyclers!
Do you like working with kids? If so, we have a fun opportunity to teach a group of approximately 10 kids that are part of a Camp Fire youth group. They'd like someone to explain to the kids why it's better to use reusable shopping bags and reusable things in general than single-use and disposable items. This will be a roughly 30-minute activity where the kids will make their own reusable shopping bags. Can you be the one to inspire some eco-conscious kids - and help them to encourage them and their families to make different purchasing choices? If so, please email Bailey (bpayne@co.marion.or.us). Here are the details:

When: Monday evening (the next ones are October 15, Oct 29 or Nov. 19) from 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm

Where: The Eco Hub at the Willamette Heritage Center (1313 Mill St. SE, Suite #200, Salem)

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Recycled Art Calendar


Student Recycled Art Calendar
Calling all student artists! This is a great way to earn $500 for your classroom and $50-$100 for your art while spreading the word about waste reduction. 

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Art Swap

Art Swap
Calling all artists and crafters! Clean out your craft closets and bring in surplus supplies to swap at the Stayton Public Library, Saturday, November 3. This is a great time to share what you aren’t using, and pick up items can you can put to good use now.

Starting October 15 through November 2, bring clean, useable art and craft supplies to the Stayton Public Library. Please, no aerosols or food containers. Those who contribute items will receive a ticket admitting them to the swap for the first crack at the loot at 1:00 pm on November 3. The doors will open at 1:30 pm to the general public.

To learn more about this event, contact Stephanie at Stayton Public Library, 503-769-3313 or email srubel@ccrls.org.


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, closed 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




Every Thread Counts

Every Thread Counts
Join Marion County in choosing quality clothes that save money, last longer and reduce waste. Poorly made clothes wear out quickly, clutter closets and end up in landfills. Well-made clothes are available for every budget, are built to last, and can be worn often and for years to come. Quality clothes just make sense.

Look for signs of quality
Fabrics: All types of fabrics, whether natural or synthetic, have advantages and disadvantages. Consider the quality of the fabric itself (thickness, softness, stretch, etc.) and how suitable the fabric is for that particular item. Will it be comfortable and durable?

Good quality thread and strong, even stitches: Give the fabric a gentle pull to see if the thread breaks or pops. Check for rippled, puckered or twisted hems and seams. Avoid garments that don't appear to hang smoothly.

Edges and hems: Cut or "raw" edges and hems can lead to unraveling and loose, hanging threads. Be careful in choosing garments with these features as they may require special laundering.

Matched patterns: If the garment has stripes or plaid, the pattern should match up at the seams.

Linings: For suits and other lined garments, check to see if the lining hangs loosely and doesn't cause any pulling or puckering.

Quality buttons and buttonholes: Buttonholes should be well stitched with no loose threads or raw fabric showing. Test the button in the buttonhole to make sure it's easy to button up the garment.

Care for your clothes
Clean correctly: Follow labels when washing your clothes to keep them looking better and lasting longer.

Consider cold water: For most laundry, you can use cold water and less detergent than directed. This prevents exposure to excess heat or chemicals that contribute to fading or wearing out.

Group similar items and turn inside out: When washing, turn jeans and graphic shirts inside out to prevent fading and wear. Wash similar items together (for example, all jeans) to prevent harsher fabrics from wearing on softer ones.

Use the dryer sparingly: High heat fades and shrinks material, and also breaks down elastic fibers in clothes, causing breakage and stretching. When possible, line or flat dry your clothes. If you must dry your clothes, use the lowest setting.

Stain removal: Discover what sort of care is best for the stain. Cold water, hot water or stain treatment? Some quick online research can save that garment you love.

Simple fixes: Learn the simple but satisfying art of re-attaching a button, mending a tear or applying a patch.

Call in the experts: Locate a good dry cleaner and tailor that can help keep your clothes clean and well-fitted.

Wear those clothes often and for years to come!
Every item in your closet has a cost-per-wear: the longer you wear that shirt or pair of jeans, the more you get out of your investment. A closet carefully stocked with several quality items will outlast a closet packed with poorly made, disposable clothes. So choose quality—you'll look good, save money and help care for our environment.