Get Your Fix: Repair Fair this Thursday

May 20th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

block-repair-052214OSU Campus Recycling will be hosting the final Repair Fair of the school year this Thursday, May 22 from 6 – 8 pm. The event will be held at the Recycling Warehouse (644 SW 13th St.)

Bring your broken items and questions and volunteers will help you learn how to repair your things, and attend demos to learn DIY (do it yourself) skills (see list below for what’s on offer this time)! Save money, save natural resources and be part of a culture of DIY and reuse. Free and open to all.

Repair skills offered:

  • Appliances (small items only, please)
  • Bicycles
  • Clothing (hand and machine sewing)
  • Electronics (small items only, please)
  • Housewares (furniture, ceramics, lamps, etc.)
  • Jewelry
  • And more!

Drop-in Demonstrations:

Come by anytime in the scheduled time frame to see a ~5 minute repair demo!

6:15 to 6:45 pm: Upcycling: Renewing Your Furniture - Join Corvallis Furniture as they demonstrate some potential ways to reuse or renew furniture to give it a new purpose. (Leader: Grant Converse from Corvallis Furniture)

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Waste Watcher Kyle Knight facilitates a book repair demo at the Feb. Repair Fair. Click to view larger.

6:45 to 7:15 pm: Bicycles: Shifting and Braking Like New – Both braking and shifting systems are controlled by the use of cables. Join the Corvallis Bicycle Collective to learn the proper process of diagnosing and repairing cable problems. (Leaders: Members of the Corvallis Bicycle Collective)

7:15 to 7:45 pm: Those Darned Socks: Fixing Holes – Many times, socks, jackets, and sweaters are working great, until you wear through the toe, elbow, or snag them on something. Darning is a method of fixing holes using only thread, rather than sewing a patch on. Drop by to see how it’s done. (Leader: Kyle Reed, Outreach Assistant for Campus Recycling)

Additional Details
Note: We don’t have spare parts, but will do our best to repair what we can and/or refer you to where you could find the parts you need. If you have parts already, we may be able to help you install them.
Map to Repair FairDirections: We are located at 644 SW 13th St. in Corvallis; see a map of the entrance and parking here; view our building on Google Maps here. Please enter through the warehouse gate on 13th Street, between A Ave. and the railroad tracks. City buses 3, 6 and 8 stop within 2-4 blocks of our building while routes 1, 5 and 7 stop 6 blocks away at 11th & Monroe (view full details on the Corvallis Transit System website or use Google Transit to find the best option for you).
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Additional Details

Note: We don’t have spare parts, but will do our best to repair what we can and/or refer you to where you could find the parts you need. If you have parts already, we may be able to help you install them.

repair-fair-mapDirections: We are located at 644 SW 13th St. in Corvallis; see a map of the entrance and parking here; view our building on Google Maps here. Please enter through the warehouse gate on 13th Street, between A Ave. and the railroad tracks. City buses 36 and 8 stop within 2-4 blocks of our building while routes15 and 7 stop 6 blocks away at 11th & Monroe (view full details on the Corvallis Transit System website or use Google Transit to find the best option for you).

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Waste Watchers Spotlight: Andrea Norris

May 20th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

Dre in dumpsterName: Andrea Norris

Title/Nickname: Known as Dre in the WW. Marketing & Development Coordinator for Campus Recycling.

Degree: B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife

Year in School:Graduated in 2008

When did you start volunteering with the Waste Watchers?

I’m fortunate enough to be a founding mother! Our volunteer team officially named itself the Waste Watchers in the summer of 2012.

What has been your favorite project or event that the Waste Watchers have been involved in?

I am going to be unoriginal and also say the Repair Fairs as my favorite Waste Watchers project. The Repair Fairs are a response to a throwaway society, planned obsolescence and a culture of consumerism. They seek to replace these traits with a culture of reuse, frugality and human connection. It’s amusing to me that such a simple concept is somewhat countercultural. We’re repair rebels!

What keeps you volunteering with the Waste Watchers?

The people! I look forward to our weekly meetings where we share ideas and enthusiasm. Spending time with others who are passionate about sustainability and waste reduction is what gives me the energy to go on…in my job and in life in general!

What would you like to see the Waste Watchers do in the future?

I would like to see the Waste Watchers develop and deepen connections to other student organizations on campus through events and other partnerships. And while we’re making Waste Watcher wishes, I would one day like to see us be a household name!

What is one way you reduce waste in your everyday life?

I strive to reduce or eliminate packaging, recyclable or not. The majority of my purchases in life are groceries and I avoid packaging by buying mostly whole foods, like grains and nuts in bulk (in reused containers) and fruits and vegetables (in reused produce bags). This means I have needed to prioritize my time to include time for preparing food from scratch. It’s worth it – for my health, my budget and the environment.

Want to learn more about the Waste Watchers? Visit the volunteer webpage to learn more about how to get involved.


Are Insects the Next Big Food Craze?

May 19th, 2014 | Michael Link

Oftentimes people look for local organically grown meat, fruits, and vegetables to lower their footprint on our planet. If the United Nations advice is taken to heart we might be seeing insects show up at our local groceries. Why would anyone want to eat insects? Insects have supplemented the diets of people from Latin America, Asia, and Africa for ages and like many things can be considered a delicacy. With a rapidly increasing population we need to address how we will feed the masses nutritionally sound food while not compromising our environment. Could insects help accomplish this goal? Insects are rich in minerals and protein and when comparing Pigs to meal worms we see that pigs produce 10-100 times the amount of greenhouse gas as meal worms per kilogram.  So if you are cruising down the aisles of the grocery and see a dried bag of crickets, I hope to have saved you from the question of “Why would anyone eat that?”

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More information can be found at http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=44886#.U3qIdfldWSo


Drive Less Save More SouthTown paid internship

May 19th, 2014 | Brandon

Cascades West Rideshare, in partnership with the City of Corvallis and Oregon Department of Transportation, is launching a campaign called Drive Less Save More SouthTown to help South Corvallis residents walk, bike, and use transit more often.

Cascades West Rideshare is selecting an intern to serve as an Outreach Ambassador to conduct outreach and administrative tasks for the program. The successful candidate will invite SouthTown residents to participate in the program, respond to questions about transportation to, from, and within the neighborhood, assemble and deliver information packet orders, and identify other opportunities for outreach and partnership.

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Basic Details

  • Start Date: June 16, 2014
  • End Date: October 19, 2014
  • Stipend: approximately $850 – $1,050/month DOE
  • Hours:  approximately 16 – 20 hours per week through Sept. 21; potential for increased hours extending to Oct. 19

Applications are due at 5PM Friday, May 23 so don’t delay and apply today!


Recycling and Composting off Campus

May 18th, 2014 | Hannah Marvin

With the end of the term coming to a close, many students are thinking about moving off campus for the next academic year. However, since on campus recycling and composting services are provided by UHDS and other sustainability groups and programs, many students are confused about what to do about recycling and composting once they’re settled in their own apartment or home. If students are renting their home, they should first speak to their landlord or landlady about what services are already set in place for them before asking about adding other services they’d like. If there are any services that are not provided for students can then turn to Republic Services. Republic Services provides free recycling and garbage disposal services to Corvallis and surrounding areas. They also provide other services upon request. Students can find out more about what Republic Services has to offer by visiting the Republic Services Website. Republic Services also has a location in Corvallis (110 Northeast Walnut Boulevard Corvallis,OR,97330) where you can recycle metals, oils, electronics, and other materials.A Republic Services Garbage Disposal Truck


SSI Travel Grantee: Lexa McAllister

May 17th, 2014 | Rachel Tholl
Lexa McAllister was awarded a $50 SSI Travel Grant to travel to San Francisco, California to attend the Divestment Convergence in April of 2014. She wrote a blog post for the Ecologue to describe her experience.
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Students Engaging Tomorrow traveled to San Francisco to attend the Divestment Convergence at San Francisco State University. This convergence was the second (ever) national conference bringing together groups striving for divestment from fossil fuels at their universities. The campaign is fairly new and there are only two handfuls of schools that have successfully divested. This convergence was a successful way to create strong connections between schools in order to make each campaign stronger.

Not only did the convergence focus on why we should divest and how we can do that successfully, but it also focused on ways to view and address climate change as a whole. Here are three large takeaways from the convergence:

1. Essentially, divestment from fossil fuels does not only affect students here at OSU, it affects everyone who lives on this planet. Divestment is not only an environmental justice issue but also a social justice issue. The speakers at the convergence urged us to realize that climate change is an all-encompassing issue that affects everyone from people in developed countries to undeveloped countries.

2. There was an urge to see divestment as a puzzle piece in this large picture that forms sustainability. We need to do everything we can to achieve sustainability and divestment is not the only piece needed.

3. We need to make strong connections and gain a greater respect for others in order to achieve these goals.

I am a firm believer in sustainability, but this convergence really gave me a stronger vision of what sustainability might realistically look like in the future pertaining to divestment and other issues. The convergence inspired a sense of urgency and thoughtful action in order to further our pursuit of sustainable living.


- Lexa McAllister


Question of the Week: Preparing for Move-Out

May 14th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

spork win meTime for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win an OSU ChicoBag.

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

Every year, OSU holds a donation drive to help divert waste from the landfill when students move out of the Res. Halls. What are the three things that we suggest students do to lighten their load before move-out?

Get Ready for Move-out

Answer

Students living in Res. Halls can prepare for move-out by bringing home items when visiting home, donating clothes in the donation bins within the laundry rooms, and eating food before buying more.

Click here for more information on the steps you can take.


Are you ready for the 2014 Move-out Donation Drive?

May 13th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

Do you live on campus? It’s almost time for the 2014 Res. Hall Move-out Donation Drive! Are you ready?

What is it?

Each year, OSU hosts a Donation Drive in an effort to reduce the amount of waste being generated by resident halls during move-out. Donations are sorted into differing categories and distributed to local non-profits.

History

Last year nearly 26,000 lbs of material was diverted from the landfill and donated to local organizations.

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Our goal this year is 28,000 lbs, and you can help!

How can I help?

Volunteer

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Volunteers pose while sorting through move-out donations. Click to view larger.

Volunteers will be sent out to accomplish a variety of tasks, such as heading out on routes with our crew, visiting Res. Halls to collect recyclables and donated items; work with you in the warehouse, accepting and sorting incoming items; or accompany us in recovering material from in and around hall dumpsters. Volunteers can sign-up for two hour shifts between 8 AM and 5 PM on Thursday, Friday and Monday, June 12, 13 and 16. Click here to sign-up for a shift.

Reuse and Donate

You can prepare for Move-Out by lightening your load now! Bring home any unneeded materials when visiting on the weekends, donate extra clothing in the labeled clothing bins in your laundry room, and eat your food before buying more.

If you live in a Res. Hall, you can assist by donating unwanted items into the donation bins, which will be located on the first floor lobby of each hall following Memorial Day. The Donation Drive will last from May 27 – June 17.

To learn more about how to donate, including what is viable to donate, click here.

The Res. Hall Move-Out Donation Drive is a collaboration between OSU Campus Recycling, Surplus Property, and UHDS. Visit the Move-Out page for more information on the Donation Drive.



Waste Watchers Spotlight: Kyle Reed

May 13th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

Profile 1Name: Kyle Reed

Title/Nickname: Reedcycler

Degree: Biology, Marine Option

Year in School: Second year

When did you start volunteering with the Waste Watchers?

I began to volunteer for the Waste Watchers at the beginning of my first term at OSU.

What has been your favorite project or event that the Waste Watchers have been involved in?

That’s a tough call. I really enjoy the Repair Fairs, as they offer unique opportunity that I don’t often see. However, I would have to say that my favorite projects are the visual displays, like the trash monster we built this year for RecycleMania. It’s a great pleasure to see your creativity and hard work put on display, and seeing passerbys interact with and learn from it.

What keeps you volunteering with the Waste Watchers?

Being able to work with like-minded individuals is one of the greatest aspects of volunteering with the Waste Watchers. Everyone is very accepting, and has fantastic ideas for what we should do. It’s also great to know that others have the same concerns as you do.

What would you like to see the Waste Watchers do in the future?

I hope to see the Waste Watchers continue to develop as leaders and spokespeople in sustainability. Being a part of the Waste Watchers offers many opportunities to flex and develop your personal skills, and it is good to see our group taking advantage of that.

What is one way you reduce waste in your everyday life?

I try to avoid using anything disposable altogether, and instead favor reusable products. For example, I use my reusable mugs religiously, and never buy a drink without it.

Want to learn more about the Waste Watchers? Visit the volunteer webpage to learn more about how to get involved.


Drive Less Connect – Get There Campaign

May 12th, 2014 | Nick Snowhill
For those who don’t know Drive Less Connect is a three state wide (Oregon, Washington and Idaho) carpooling and trip tracking system. It is free and easy to use. If you aren’t already a member, now is a great time to join! The annual “Get There Challenge” just started up and will be running until May 16th. Over the next ten days there are daily opportunities to earn prizes such as gift cards to McMenamins, Audible.com, Mo’s Seafood and even the Oregon Coast Aquarium! There are even grand prizes that include a beachfront stay at Chinook Winds in Lincoln City and dinner for two at Rogue River Steakhouse!
To enter for a chance to win, all you need to do is log into Drive Less Connect and track some trips. Log one or more trips before the 16th for a chance at a normal prize, or log a total of five or more trips for a chance at one of the fantastic grand prizes.
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For those who don’t know, Drive Less Connect is a three state wide (Oregon, Washington and Idaho) carpooling and trip tracking system. It is free and easy to use. If you aren’t already a member, now is a great time to join! The annual “Get There Challenge” has started up and will be running until May 16th. Over the next couple days there are daily opportunities to earn prizes such as gift cards to McMenamins, Audible.com, Mo’s Seafood and even the Oregon Coast Aquarium! There are even grand prizes that include a beachfront stay at Chinook Winds in Lincoln City and dinner for two at Rogue River Steakhouse!
Get There
To enter for a chance to win, all you need to do is log into Drive Less Connect and track some trips. Log one or more trips before the 16th for a chance at a normal prize, or log a total of five or more trips for a chance at one of the fantastic grand prizes.