Member News

Meet the Candidates for the AOR Board

4 Oct 2022

Eight AOR members have stepped forward to make a run for the five open positions on the AOR board. Candidates will have an opportunity to address the membership during the annual meeting at the upcoming Sustainable Oregon Conference in Bend, 10/26 - 10/28.

Nominations will also be taken from the floor. All members with voting priveleges will have the opportunity to vote as we will be using electronic balloting.

Welcome New AOR Member - The Mattress Recycling Council

14 Jun 2022

What is the name of your business or organization?  Mattress Recycling Council

What does your business/organization do? We are the stewardship organization that will bring mattress recycling throughout Oregon!

Tell us about your business/organization's recycling/sustainability practices. MRC is one of the largest mattress recycling organizations in the world. Since 2015, we have recycled over 10 million mattresses and box springs and look forward to implementing OR SB1576.

Environmental Impacts of Virtual Conference Promotional Products (aka SWAG)

26 Apr 2022

Submitted by Jonathan M. Rivin, Oregon DEQ

If you’ve ever attended a conference, you’ll know that promotional items (e.g., wearables, souvenirs, etc.) , sometimes branded, are ubiquitous. The intent of these freebies – colloquially termed SWAG (Stuff We All Get) – is to recognize sponsoring organizations and enhance attendee experience. Often, conference attendees are given a “gift bag” containing SWAG. While common for in-person gatherings, virtual conferences did not necessarily put a halt to this practice.

Oregonians and OBRC raise more than $125,000 in donated bottles and cans to support Mercy Corps’ Ukraine relief efforts

12 Apr 2022

Oregonians have partnered with the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) to raise more than $125,508 in donated bottles and cans over the last three weeks to support Ukrainians in crisis through Oregon’s Bottle Bill.

A total of $75,508 came from residents donating OR 10-cent bottles and cans, and the rest was matched by the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC). The funds will go to Mercy Corps’ relief efforts on the ground in Ukraine. 

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