Waste-Free Advocates was founded in 1987 as Recycling Advocates. Today, WFA is one of Oregon’s oldest citizen-based groups dedicated to engaging people in creating a sustainable future through local efforts to minimize over-consumption and waste.

The organization is run by an elected Board of Directors comprised of solid waste professionals, policy activists, local business owners, and dedicated volunteers who are passionate about creating a zero-waste Oregon.

Waste-Free Advocates is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and a proud member of Earth Share Oregon.


Who we serve:

  • Business community
  • Everyone in the state
  • Those who aren’t “zero wasters”; general population
  • Those who need resources
  • Partner/support governments, other non-profits/causes
  • Tribal and BIPOC communities

What do we offer our clients/communities?

  • Access to information and resources
  • A network
  • Education and  guidance
  • Environmental advocacy at the local and state level
  • Events

Gaps and holes we solve for:

  • Connect isolated people to a larger group
  • Filling the gaps in education, distribution of information
  • Space for environmentally mindful businesses to connect, create common goals; facilitate a conversation
  • Creating action based on climate science; sharing data
  • Highlighting successes and promote what other organizations are doing
  • Celebrate solutions; positive reinforcement; no shame game


President: Brittney Wendell – president@recyclingadvocates.org

Treasurer: Haley Robinson – treasurer@recyclingadvocates.org

Resource Director: Julia Bonnheim – director@wastefreeadvocates.org