PDX Apple Recycling Is Back

I recently heard from the fine folks at the Portland Cider Company about their annual project, PDX Apple Recycling, now in its second year. While it might sound like an opportunity to recycle your electronics, it’s actually a kind of gleaning program that collects excess apples from Portland Metro area backyards and hand presses them into cider. The cider will be sold later this year and proceeds from the sales will go to benefit the nonprofit Oregon Wild; their conservation efforts work to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters for the enjoyment, love and appreciation of all Oregonians.

And the cider itself will be called Oregon Wild. Here’s how you can participate in PDX Apple Recycling:

  • Collect apples from your backyard trees that have fallen or are unwanted—a minimum donation of one bushel (40 lbs) is required
  • Bring them to Portland Cider Co.’s Clackamas Taproom + Cidery, located at 8925 SE Jannsen Rd., Bldg. F. [map] daily from 9am-9pm from now until Tuesday, October 31
  • Your apples will be hand pressed into cider (NB: Edible quality apples only will be accepted)

And for each bushel you donate, you will receive:

  • One voucher for a pint of cider redeemable at either of Portland Cider Co.’s two taprooms
  • The opportunity to hand press apples into cider at a pressing party on Saturday, September 30
  • Tickets to a VIP pre-party for the Portland Cider Co. annual Wassail Party in December
  • “Good karma from Mother Earth, with 100 percent of net proceeds donated to Oregon Wild”
Photo credit: Portland Cider Co.

Look at all them apples!

This Oregon Wild community cider will be unveiled in December at the aforementioned Wassail Party. It makes sense that the Portland Cider Co. would focus their annual cider fundraising efforts with Oregon Wild, as they were the first cidery to join the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, an outreach initiative for Oregon Wild made up of a coalition of brewers that work to protect the public and wild lands in the Northwest.

“This full-scale community effort is about bringing people together to create handmade craft cider, using the apples from our own backyards here in the Portland Metro area, while reducing waste with this unique apple recycling program,” remarked Lynda Parrish, owner of Portland Cider Co. “We are excited to bring together cider, community, sustainability, tradition and charity with this release.”

So tell your local friends with apple trees about this project and if they are open to it, encourage them to participate. It’s a win-win-win-win for all!

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Bridgetown Bites is written by Meg Cotner, a food loving freelance writer, editor and published author in Portland, OR.

9 Replies to “PDX Apple Recycling Is Back”

  1. Haha “While it might sound like an opportunity to recycle your electronics”! I love the idea of reducing waste and seeing those apples being put to use!

    1. Thanks, Pech! I also love this project and how it reduces waste – and makes something beautiful in the end! In my neighborhood there is a house with two Asian pear trees in the front. Breaks my heart to see most of the fruit fall to the ground. If it were apples, I’d leave them a note about the apple recycling project.

  2. What an incredibly cool project! I love how Portland shares and reuses so many resources in this community. Thanks for sharing. I will pass this on for sure!

  3. No way!! I can’t believe that’s a real thing! How efficient! I’d think there would be FDA regulations against it or something but I guess there are rules that allow products to be grown at multiple farms and then combined… so sort of the same thing?!

    1. I can see how one might think that. I imagine they can do it because the processing facility has been approved by the USDA; that’s how we accessed meat from the Amish – they had the animals processed in a gov’t facility. On the topic of multiple farms contributing their food for one product, milk is a good example of that.

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