Inspire Change in Your Community

Master Recyclers are a volunteer corps who inspire neighbors and coworkers into action.

“As I enter my 7th year in the Master Recycler program, I cannot help but reflect ... We do more than talk about the 3 R’s [reduce, reuse, recycle], helping communities connect to each other, inspiring true conservation and new ways of thinking.”

– Rob, Milwaukie

Learn from the Experts

Join 30 recycling enthusiasts in an eight-week course. Learn from innovative leaders about topics such as:

  • sustainable consumption and production,

  • fixing and reuse,

  • the sharing community,

  • toxics reduction,

  • green building,

  • recycling and compost processing,

  • equity in the environment,

  • the global markets in which recycables are bought and sold.

Take Tours and Get Skills

Tour recycling centers, compost facilities, and hazardous and municipal waste sites to see firsthand how these systems work. And connect to resources and learn skills that will help you make meaningful change for yourself and your community.

Join the team 

You will be a part of a team of almost 1,800 Master Recyclers from Forest Grove to downtown Portland, St Johns to Canby and Sandy.

To earn your Master Recycler certification, volunteer 30 hours to inspire action in your own community.

Staff information booths on consumption, recycling, greener cleaners and compost/worm bins, or help with repair fairs, event recycling, Green School Certifications, and green teams. Or Receive assistance in a project that you already have in mind for your community.

Community organizations can request help from a Master Recycler by completing the volunteer request form.