Washington County ResourceFull Use Workshop - 2014

April 16, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Norm Thompson Outfitters, 3188 NW Aloclek Dr, Hillsboro, OR  97214


Turning Waste into Revenue through ResourceFull Use

MaterialsJoin the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program staff and a diverse group of industry professionals at the upcoming ResourceFull Use workshop to:

  • Learn how companies are turning someone else’s waste into a resource and saving money.
  • Network with other businesses to see what they have to offer.
  • Address your waste reduction goals through materials exchange and re-use.

Workshop includes:

  • Brief program overview
  • Sharing of exchanges in progress
  • Exploration of exchange opportunities with other attendees
  • Refreshments

What is ResourceFull Use?

ResourceFull Use is an innovative resources exchange program available to businesses throughout the greater Portland Metro region. Established in 2006 by the Zero Waste Alliance, the Columbia Corridor Association and the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC), the workshops aim to provide a setting for the creation of business-to-business partnerships.

The benefits of these partnerships and materials exchange relationships include:
  • Reduction in waste disposal costs and identification of new revenue sources.
  • Reduction in the costs to process and dispose of hazardous materials.
  • Reduction in natural resource use and impacts associated with extraction and production of new materials.
  • Waste and by-products are kept out of landfill and put to productive re-use.

Past Workshops

At the County's first workshop in 2012, almost two dozen representatives from businesses such as Epson, SolarWorld USA, Rexel USA, Woodfold Manufacturing, Inc. and INLINE Commercial Construction, among many others, learned how sharing – instead of disposing – of materials can increase a business's bottom line. The workshop included presentations from Rory Schmick, sustainability manager at Pacific Natural Foods and Brenda Demaree, facility and sustainability manager for Purdy's Portland location. The workshop ended with a tour of Clean Water Services' Durham Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility.

The April 2013 networking event, hosted by Hillsboro Fire Department Cherry Lane Station No. 6, included presentations from Consumer Cellular and Insomnia Coffee Co. – all three of which are Washington County Recycle at Work Award winning businesses. The workshop was followed by a tour of Kaiser Permanente's new LEED™ Gold-certified Westside Medical Center, located in Hillsboro. More than 20 businesses, such as Gerber Gear, Pike Awning Co., Altec., Far West Fibers, Tektronix, DianaPlantSciences and Providence Health & Services, participated in the 2013 workshop.

Slides from past ResourceFull Use presentations:

How can I learn more?

Does your business have a waste material that could be of use to another?  Attend a workshop and learn how the sharing of resources can increase a business's bottom line, plus meet other organizations whose outputs may become your inputs.

To receive updates regarding future ResourceFull Use events or to tell us about your successful materials exchange story, please contact us at 503-846-3605 or via email.

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