Association of Oregon Recyclers

Register for AOR's Winter Forum

AOR's winter forum will explore plastics recycling opportunities for Oregon. We'll kick off with a presentation of research sponsored by the American Chemistry Council analyzing the changing composition of the curbside recycling stream. The Oregon DEQ will follow with a presentation on the recent findings from the Plastics Recovery Assessment Report. A panel of industry experts will then offer their thoughts on the implications of the changing waste stream and recovery options for Oregon collection and processing systems.

We'll break out into small groups following the presentations for further discussion. The day will conclude with a Happy Hour hosted by Waste Connections for additional discussion and networking opportunities.

For more info, visit the forum page.

Call for Presentations for Sustainable Oregon 2015

Sustainable Oregon 2015, AOR’s 37th annual conference, will be held at the Riverhouse in Bend, Oregon on June 3-5. We are expecting approximately 300 people representing a diversity of the recycling industry in Oregon and the Northwest. AOR wants to get your input on relevant and exciting speakers and session topics, and is now collecting session proposals.

We welcome presentations covering all recycling disciplines but presentations covering the following topics are strongly encouraged:

  • Collection or Processing Technology Advancements
  • Emerging or Evolving Local Markets
  • Emerging Challenges or Difficult Commodities to Recycle
  • Food Waste, Organic Waste Recycling, and/or Compostable Packaging
  • Recycling Collection/Outreach, including Multi-Family or Commercial Recycling
  • Public Education & Outreach/Marketing
  • Recycling Partnerships
  • Waste Reduction, Waste Prevention, and/or Sustainable Consumption
  • Future of Recycling in Oregon State
  • Sustainability and Recycling
  • Economics of Recycling
  • Reuse
  • College or University Recycling
Submit your session idea here. Deadline is Friday, Oct 24.

Presentations from Sustainable Oregon 2014 Now Available

Thanks to everyone who made Sustinable Oregon 2014 Oregon State University in Corvallis a success!

Please visit the conference page to download the presentations, see the elections results, view the Recycler of the Year award winners, and more.

Presentations from AOR's Spring Forum Now Available

AOR’s Spring Forum was held on Wednesday, April 2 at the McMenamins Kennedy School in Northeast Portland.

Recycling programs are often built around a single market, and AOR’s spring forum examined the importance of diversifying end markets. Using the recovery of urban wood waste as an example, the forum examined the flow of materials, the current markets for wood waste, and market alternatives. We explored situations that could cause other recycling markets to disappear and talked about the effects this has on the rest of the recycling system. We spent the last hour of the forum in small groups discussing what is needed in Oregon to ensure that we are supporting market development and have more flexibility in our programs when markets change.

Visit the forum archive for presentations from the forum.

Sign Up for Recycling 101

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.

For more information, including how to register, visit OSU's Recycling 101 webpage.

Help spread the word about Recycling 101! Download our informational postcard here.

"I Want to be Recycled" Ad Campaign

Keep America Beautiful (KAB), in collaboration with the Ad Council, has recently launched "I Want to be Recycled," their first national recycling campaign since the iconic “Crying Indian” campaign of the 1970s. AOR is supporting the campaign and has FREE promotional print materials for your newsletters and a short video for your local television broadcasts, theaters, or school events. Learn more here.

AOR Gives You Free Access to New Online University Dedicated to Organic Waste Management is packaging an unprecedented online learning platform for local governments, waste management professionals, and the agricultural sector in efforts to bring the six continents up to speed on organic waste management practices.

The introductory lesson is open to everyone and details the course strategy and objectives. Lessons are currently being released and AOR offers free access to the course. Request an invite here and use the Guest Code “AORRONE2013” in the registration form to access the course.

The course syllabus was created by a world class advisory board to provide a comprehensive introduction on organics recycling based on success stories from around the world. To that end, the course delivers the big picture, enabling participants to build their own organics waste “vision” while emphasizing the variance of many parameters, namely, regulations, economic models, and climate.

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.

Here's How:

  1. Go to RONA’s website.
  2. On the Membership tab, scroll down to Member Services and then click on Intro to Rubbermaid Discount.
  3. You must register with RONA in order to proceed. Follow the directions on the page. If you are already registered, login.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 Summer 2014 Edition of AOR's Quarterly Newsletter

AOR's quarterly newsletter features updates about AOR and AOR members.

Download AOR's summer 2014 quarterly newsletter here.


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