It’s that time of year again! Clean up season. Many surrounding neighborhoods have had their collection events already. Concordia neighborhood’s event is Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the northeast corner of 42nd Avenue and Killingsworth Street.
It is organized by wonderful Concordia neighborhood volunteers and, in addition to helping the neighborhood clean out their spaces, this event raises money for the neighborhood association. That helps us produce this entertaining, informative, creative newspaper, and to host the spring egg hunt, the concerts in the park and other community events.
I hope you get a chance to come see us on Saturday. Please contact Katie Ugolini if you’d like to volunteer.
I have been on the neighborhood association board for about three years, having joined right about the time I became a Master Recycler. This article is a great chance for me to remind my neighbors about the wonderful resources the city provides to help us all take small steps to keep Mother Earth healthy.
The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability website has a super section, ResoursefulPDX.com. It boasts ideas for you to make simple changes in your everyday choices to help you create less waste. The site has ideas and tips on how to:
- Buy, like choosing quality durable products rather than disposable items
- Reuse, like shopping at secondhand stores
- Borrow and share, like visiting the tool library
- Fix and maintain, like getting the soles of your favorite shoes fixed instead of buying new.
There is even a map to help you find resources in your neighborhood, or for a friend who might live in another neighborhood. Metro’s website also has an awesome section, OregonMetro.gov/tools-living. It has four subsections of earth-friendly tips and tricks:
- Dealing with garbage and recycling
- Living in a healthy home
- Creating and maintaining a pest-free yard and garden
- Getting around town using public transportation
There is a search option on each page so you can find anything you are looking for. The Garbage and Recycling page reminds us, “That stuff you’re parting with might not be trash,” and has an extensive database of places that may recycle or reuse the things you don’t need anymore.
Another great option is to simply call Metro at 503.234.3000, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. There is so much wonderful information out there. I hope you can take the time to check it out.
Heather Pashley was born in Portland and grew up playing at Fernhill Park. She has worked for OHSU for more than 20 years, worships at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, and she has never strayed far from her beloved Concordia neighborhood.