Become a Master Recycler
- LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS
- SHARE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS
- Save our natural resources
Please see Class Registration for more details.
General information about the program
The popular eight-week program consists of eight weeknight classes and two half-day Saturday field trips. A $50 course fee includes all materials.
The Master Recycler training provides instruction in topics such as thoughtful consumption, recycling processes, alternatives to hazardous household products, composting, deconstruction and green building. Classes are taught by professionals from the public and private sector who are working on innovative solutions to environmental challenges.
Course graduates agree to volunteer 30 hours putting their skills to work to help others learn the three Rs: reduce the amount of natural resources used, reuse goods and recycle what cannot be salvaged. Master Recyclers volunteer to staff information booths at community events, make presentations, and work on special projects in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.
Please see Class Registration for more details. For more information or to receive email notification for future registration: Master Recycler Program
Is the Master Recycler Program right for me?
The purpose of the program is to create a volunteer pool of knowledgeable residents who inspire others in their community to reduce waste in the home and work. Master Recyclers gain education from the experts, experience working in the field, and the satisfaction of having an impact on this important issue. You will also meet others who are excited about waste reduction and join a community of over 1,260 Master Recyclers.
The mission of the program is not to offer a training program for sustainability or solid waste and recycling staff, nor is it a certification program for businesses. The best resource for a businesses seeking technical assistance and recognition in the metropolitan region is www.recycleatwork.org. Sustainability Coordinators wishing to seek further professional training may also be interested in the OSU Extension online course called Recycling 101.
Live in another part of Oregon?
There are several other Master Recycler Programs in Oregon:
Jackson County Denise Barnes, 541-494-5488, P.O. Box 3187, Central Point OR 97502
Josephine County, Tammie Kirk, 541-956-7185, RCC Community Education, 3345 Redwood Hwy, Grants Pass OR 97527
Lane County Kelly Bell, 541-682-4339, Lane County Waste Management, 3100 E 17th Ave, Eugene OR 97403
Linn-Benton County Emily Phillips, 541-928-2551, 1214 SE Montgomery, Albany OR 97322
Marion County Bailey Payne, 503-588-5169 ex 5991, Marion Co. Public Works Env. Serv. 5155 Silverton Rd, Salem OR 97305
Wasco, Sherman and Hood River Counties David Skakel, 541-506-2636, Hazardous Waste & Recycling 419 E Seventh, The Dalles OR 97058
Yamhill County Sherrie Mathison, 503-434-7445, 525 NE 4th St, McMinville OR 97128