Our Organization

our mission

Since our beginnings we have encouraged people to rethink what they use and what they throw away. We help our community keep useful items out of the landfill, find ways to use less stuff, reuse as much as possible, and recycle the rest.

Through the Planet Improvement Center, innovative community education programs, home repair classes, upcycled maker workshops, materials recovery, EPR advocacy, and more, we are on a mission to provide vision, leadership, and tools for living well on the planet we share.

Founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1971, BRING’s tax identification number is 23-7137120. Make a donation to support our work here.

our history

In 1971, a group of volunteers decided to do something about waste in Eugene and Springfield. In just a few weeks, BRING Recycling was born as one of many non-profit environmental groups inspired by the first Earth Day. That first year, the fledgling organization collected 400 tons of glass and launched the “reduce, reuse, recycle” way of life. Recycling is now a core value in our community.

Soon after we launched the first conservation education program in Eugene and Springfield schools. We collected materials that no one had recycled before —plastic, milk cartons, e-waste. Then, we made the leap from glass jars to glass windows, and from metal cans to stainless steel sinks. Our humble quarters began overflowing with reusable materials of all kinds. Builders, artists, fabricators, and bargain hunters combed through the piles, and through the years, BRING became a haven for creative reusers.

In 2007 we moved to our new home, the Planet Improvement Center, where community members can discover how to live well without waste. The Center is much more than a place to find great used stuff — it’s a community treasure that includes art, a demonstration garden, and ever-increasing examples of green building, creative reuse, and renewable energy.

DEI commitment

BRING is a diverse, inclusive, and equitable place where everyone is valued and respected. BRING operates for the benefit of the community. That includes offering meaningful work and opportunities for growth for our employees and volunteers. BRING strives to provide an inclusive and equitable workplace and to help all Oregonians live well on the planet we share. Building the future we want must be done together and with intention. Inclusiveness and diverse perspectives make us stronger and more effective.

BRING supports affirmative action and is committed to organizational diversity. BRING is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against qualified persons with regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender orientation or identification, marital or familial status, national origin, mental or physical disability, veteran’s status, age, legal source of income, or other protected status in accordance with applicable law. This applies to the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and all people served by BRING.

Questions or concerns? Contact our Civil Rights Coordinator.