Association of Oregon Recyclers
Register for AOR's Annual Conference
AOR's 35th annual conference and trade show will be held June 6-8, 2013 at the Seaside Convention Center in Seaside, OR.
Get all the details on our conference webpage.
Run for a Board Position
Interested in taking on a leadership role in AOR?
There are several board positions up for election this year: Education Chair, Legislative Chair, Markets Chair, and Treasurer.
Get more info on AOR's elections page.
Sign Up for Recycling 101
AOR is pleased to announce that registration is open for Recycling 101, an innovative, noncredit online recycling education course. The cost is $75 for individuals and $50 for groups of five or more.
Recycling 101, offered by Professional and Noncredit Education at Oregon State University (OSU), teaches participants about the life cycle of recyclables, the impact of hazardous waste, and how to manage compostables, plus how to reduce waste at home and in the workplace.
Featuring high-quality instructional multimedia, the course allows participants to study when their schedule allows.
Recycling 101 is modeled after the successful Master Recycler program, found in eight Oregon communities. To date, approximately 2,500 Oregonians have completed the course and have gone on to contribute more than 42,000 hours of volunteer outreach.
For more information, including how to register, visit OSU's Recycling 101 webpage.
AOR's Board of Directors Adopts Position Regarding Degradable Additives in Plastics
The Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR) has adopted a policy opposing the use of degradable additives in plastic products unless the additive has been accepted under the Design for Recycling Guidelines of the Association of Post Consumer Plastic Recyclers (APR).
Despite additive producers' claims that the additives help plastic packaging degrade rapidly, testing conducted by APR found the claims of recyclability to be unfounded, untested, and possibly misleading as outlined in the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guide and deemed these plastic additives “contaminants in the recycling stream.”
The concern for degradable additives in plastics stems from the effect these additives have on the recyclability of the products containing them, as well as the potential impacts on climate change and littering.
Read more about the position here.
AOR Members Can Get 40 Percent Off Rubbermaid Products
Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP), the leader in durable facility maintenance solutions based in Winchester, VA, has signed a charter partnership agreement with the Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA).
Rubbermaid offers discounts of up to 40 percent below list pricing for RONA members and affiliates on over 400 products in the following product categories: Recycling Containers, Utility Containers, Indoor Decorative Containers, Outdoor Containers, Cube Trucks, and Tilt Trucks & Mega Brute. All pricing is in case quantities. Full case quantities only; minimum order is $500.
AOR is a member organization of RONA and AOR members are eligible to take advantage of the discounted pricing.
- Go to RONA’s website.
- On the Membership tab, scroll down to Member Services and then click on Intro to Rubbermaid Discount.
- You must register with RONA in order to proceed. Follow the directions on the page. If you are already registered, login.
- Once you’re registered, you may be redirected to the Rubbermaid Discount Program page. If not, return to the Member tab, scroll down to Member Services and click on Rubbermaid Discount Program.
- Click on one of the options under Categories at the bottom of the Rubbermaid Discount Program page to begin shopping.
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Read the Spring 2013 Edition of AOR's Quarterly Newsletter
AOR's quarterly newsletter features updates about AOR and AOR members.
Download AOR's spring 2013 quarterly newsletter here.
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