On Deaf Row: To Hear or Not to Listen

Posted: June 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

To hear or not to listen?

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Listening, Hearing, EarsImage Credit: Vera Kratochvil

What does it feel like to be deaf in a world of sound? How does someone pretend to listen when they are not hearing at all; when they are talking loud and saying nothing?

Is it selective hearing or simply ignoring words, the pleading for help or cries of spoken truths? Do we jump to premature and unsubstantiated conclusions without taking into consideration the hardcore evidence at hand? Are we truly listening, whether we are able to hear or not?

The expression that “People hear what they want to hear” is one that holds some level of truth, but they also hear what they don’t want to hear, whether they acknowledge and accept it or not. Friends, foes, countrywomen, and countrymen, lend me your ears! Show me your compassion.

It amazes me how much an individual who is hearing impaired can hear and listen better, more intuitively than someone with perfect hearing capability. Do you hear what I am saying?

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Recycling, BottleDrop Fund, Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC)

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The group that runs Oregon’s container deposit program announced it will donate unredeemed deposit money to charitable purposes if the redemption rate for containers drops below 80 percent.

The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) manages almost all containers redeemed through the state’s deposit program. OBRC uses the value of unredeemed containers to help fund the collection and recycling of bottles and cans. But this week, the group announced a new initiative called the BottleDrop Fund.

“Any time the redemption rate drops below 80 percent, the target set by the Oregon Legislature, OBRC and the beverage industry will donate the extra value of unredeemed deposits above the cost of running the cooperative to the BottleDrop Fund at The Oregon Community Foundation,” according to OBRC’s announcement. “The BottleDrop Fund will then make charitable grants to nonprofits around Oregon for litter and waste reduction, environmental conservation and education, job training for low-income Oregonians, and other partnerships that solve community problems in the spirit of the Bottle Bill.”

Oregon’s bottle deposit program, the first to launch in the U.S., has seen substantial changes in recent years. In 2017, the deposit increased from 5 cents to 10 cents. A bill passed by the legislature in 2011 called for the doubling of the deposit if the bottle and can recycling rate came in below 80 percent for two years in a row. That happened in 2014 and 2015, when the rates were 68.3 percent and 64.5 percent.

The bill also directed that new beverage types be added to the program. As a result, starting this year, juices, teas, coffees, sport drinks and others were added.

OBRC also expanding its refillable glass beer bottle program (see related story for details).

Around the state, OBRC has been installing standalone, staffed redemption centers, called BottleDrop centers, that incorporate new reverse vending machine technologies. The 2011 law authorized the creation of the BottleDrop centers and allowed retailers near the centers to stop redeeming containers.

OBRC said it has been working to encourage returns by launching a bulk drop-off program, mobile app and matching donation program for charities. “Despite these efforts, bottle return rates could fall for a period, leaving more unredeemed deposits in the system than would be needed,” according to the statement. “That’s why we created the BottleDrop Fund.”

OBRC expects to release details on grant guidelines and eligibility requirements later this year.

Article source: https://resource-recycling.com/recycling/2018/03/13/deposit-program-to-fund-charities-with-uncollected-dimes/

Happy #NationalWomensHistoryMonth!

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National Women’s History MonthImage credit: Photos Creative Commons / Collage designed by Amy Held

Women have always held a monumental position in history, whether they were given credit for their contributions or not. In a patriarchal dominated society, women from many cultures were led to believe they were of a weaker and inferior intellect. Of course, we know that is not true, especially as women are being recognized every day for their major contributions to unlimited industries universally, throughout history.

The National Women's History Project, National Women’s History MonthImage Credit: The National Women’s History Project

The United States Congress in 1987 designated March as National Women’s History Month. Women are stronger, smarter, devoted, loyal, dedicated and more inventive than we are ever given credit for. This year’s theme for the month is NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. While this month is an official celebration of shining the spotlight on many outstanding and pioneering women who…

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