Applications being accepted for Master Recycler program

Feb. 28, 2018 — Lane County Waste Management Division is offering a free course this spring that provides comprehensive training on local solid waste issues. Hear from local experts, tour local facilities and learn why things are (or are not) recyclable.

The Waste Management Division hosts this course to help Lane County residents and businesses reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink waste habits.

Spring classes will be held Tuesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., April 3 through May 29, at Lane County Waste Management Division (3100 E 17th Ave. in Eugene).

“Because of recent disruptions in the global recycling market and the growing awareness that we need to do more to keep materials out of the landfill, this is a great time for people who are interested in learning how they can change their habits and help lead their community to improve our recycling practices overall,” said Master Recycler Coordinator Kelly Bell.

Applications are available at recyclers or by calling 541-682-2059. Completed applications may be submitted by fax, email or regular mail.

Retirees, folks new to the area, teachers, green job seekers, parents, high school and college students studying sustainability, business owners and employees tasked with reducing solid waste in the workplace all find common purpose in the Master Recycler community.

The Master Recycler training course includes 35 hours of classroom instruction: nine consecutive Tuesday evening classes, a Saturday compost demonstration and two Saturday multi-site field trips to area solid waste and recycling sites.

Instructors are local experts in solid waste from business, government and non-profit sectors. The course is free for those who volunteer 30 hours to educate and assist their communities in the year following the training.

Those who do not wish to volunteer may pay a small fee. More than 960 Lane County master recyclers have contributed 41,000-plus hours of education and assistance to local citizens and businesses since the program began in 2000.

In addition to attending class sessions and tours with local experts, all participants enroll in Oregon State University’s Recycling 101 online. The R101 course was developed by the Association of Oregon Recyclers.

Normally valued at $50–$75, R101 is free for Lane County Master Recycler students.

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