Recycling Block Captain Program
Help educate your neighbors about recycling, composting and waste prevention. It takes just a couple hours, a few times a year. Block captains define their own territory (number of homes and location) and we provide the handouts.
Recycling block captains have two primary responsibilities:
- Distribute recycling information to neighbors three times a year
- Serve as a liaison between your neighbors and the Sustainability Coalition’s Waste Prevention Action Team
Why be a Recycling Block Captain?
The Recycling Block Captain recruitment campaign is halfway to it's goal of 60 new captains by the 2016 Sustainability Fair & Town Hall! You can help by signing up yourself and/or referring a friend, which also enters you into prize drawings.Here Recycling Block Captain Karen Sundseth explains why she became a captain. Details about the program: http://tiny.cc/wpatcapt. Details about the recruitment campaign: http://tiny.cc/morecaptains.
Posted by Corvallis Sustainability Coalition on Sunday, February 21, 2016
Sign-up using this online form!
Existing Block Captain Territories
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Already a Recycling Block Captain?
If you would like to know when the next gathering is or have questions, please . If you would like additional quarter-sheet introductory letters to share with your neighbors, download this file.
NEW: Mixed Recycling Guide
As a result of China’s decreased tolerance of contaminated materials being accepted for recycling, significant changes are occurring in recycling markets that have an impact on what materials are acceptable in our tan commingled recycling carts, as discussed in this Gazette-Times article.
Download the NEW recycling guide for the Corvallis area from Republic Services. What you see on this list, either written or in picture, are the only things that should be put in your tan recycle cart now.
When it comes to recycling, we are shifting our focus back to quality. While quantity might decrease for the short-term, the recycling process is not successful without high-quality materials. This is what will ensure the continued existence of recycling markets, both domestic and abroad.
Block Captain Handouts
- Share, Swap, Loan & Save! (Fall 2017)
- House to Curb: Setting yourself up for recycling success (Summer 2017)
Curbside recycling, simplified (Winter 2017)
UPDATE: See NEW recycling guide
- What happens to my recyclables? (Fall 2016)
- Recycling opportunities in the bathroom (Summer 2016)
- Do-it-yourself green cleaning (Spring 2016)
- Have you seen it all? Recap of previous handouts (Winter 2016)
Plastic recycling made simple: 4 shapes (Fall 2015)UPDATE: See NEW recycling guide
- Reduce waste to save your energy & money (Summer 2015)
- What are your neighbors up to? (Spring 2015)
- E-waste disposal in the Corvallis area (Winter 2015)
- Low waste ideas for the holidays (Fall 2014)
- Pharmaceutical disposal in Corvallis (Summer 2014)
- Common contamination at the curb (Spring 2014)
- Reducing plastic waste (Fall 2013)
Plastic recycling update (Summer 2013)UPDATE: See NEW recycling guide
- Household hazardous waste guide (January 2013)
- How to compost food waste in your Mixed Organics cart in Corvallis (June 2012)
- An introduction to home composting (June 2012)
- The Corvallis-Area ReUse Directory (January 2012)
Paper recycling in Corvallis (September 2011)UPDATE: See NEW recycling guide
- Metal & glass recycling in Corvallis (June 2011)
- Corvallis Mixed Organics cart (December 2010)