We provide hands-on, creative experiences that encourage resilient communities.

At Trash for Peace, we believe sustainability is community and strive to build community-led and equitable waste reduction and recycling systems. 

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Trash for Peace
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Trash is something we all have in common, and we believe that having safe and healthy ways to dispose of it is a human right. We also believe that having diverse voices at the table is essential to coming up with the community-based and creative solutions we need to create a circular and sustainable waste and recycling system.

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5,000

youth per month benefitting through our Youth Sustainability Education Program 

pounds of trash collected each week through our Ground Score Association litter collection program

We work collaboratively to provide opportunities for community members to directly contribute to the creation of a truly equitable and effective waste and recycling system for our region.

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And Growing!

community members receiving low-barrier jobs in waste prevention, recycling, and environmental conservation

 

We are more than an Environmental Organization

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Creativity and Innovation


We say YES to every new and unique idea, and if it doesn’t work, we try something else.

Environmental Justice


Our programs are rooted in community, relationship-based, and co-created and led by those who are most affected by the inequities of our current systems.

Recycling and Waste Prevention


We believe we can create more circular systems that are efficient, effective, and equitable.

 

A Radically
Inclusive Association

Ground Score is an association of environmental workers who create and fill low-barrier waste management jobs.

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Creative experiences that encourage resilient communities

We work together to turn Trash into Peace

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Our Partners

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AND THANK YOU to our funders, including 99 Girlfriends, Garth Family Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, CEIC, Metro, Home Forward, City of Portland, City of Gresham, and Joint Office of Homeless Services.

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Interested in our work? Become
part of
our team

 We love volunteers! Please get in touch with us if you are interested in supporting the work we do in our community.

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Hear our stories on the radio

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Hear from our Founder and Executive Director, Laura Kutner Tokarski, on Kink.fm | Talking Trash: A Green Tips Podcast

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Learn more about our Ground Score program through an interview with Taylor Cass Talbott, the Ground Score Development Coordinator, and Christine Alix, a Ground Score Member on OPB | Think Out Loud