Master Recycler Program
Do you want to:
- Learn how to reduce your waste?
- Conserve natural resources?
- Motivate others to change their habits?
- Make a difference?
Download a brochure!
The Fall 2015 class is full. The next class will place Winter 2016. The course runs for seven Thursday evenings and two Saturdays. Sign up to receive information on future classes.
Master Recycler Newsletter
is a monthly publication that is sent to all Master Recyclers. It contains lots of current information related to waste reduction, recycling, green building, and other topics.
Become a Master Recycler!
After completing the training, participants undertake 30 hours of community "payback" through independent projects and outreach events. Over 600 people have participated in the program, volunteering more than 12,500 hours throughout Marion County. The following list is not comprehensive and many Master Recyclers develop their own "self-contained" projects.
Create projects that focus on waste prevention and recycling at work, home, school, in their place of worship, and in the community.
Educate the public on the hazards of and alternatives to common household chemicals at Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events.
Speak to groups about recycling and reducing waste at home and work
Distribute information at annual events.
Volunteer to educate the community at Earth Day and other local events and festivals.
Organize neighborhood cleanup events.
Work with schools, scout groups, and others to help improve their recycling programs.
Lead tours of the recycling center.
Master Recycler volunteers have:
Staffed information tables at:
Earth Day Fair
Marion County Fair
Home & Garden Shows
Implemented recycling at their workplaces.
Initiated recycling programs at apartment buildings and schools.
Educated the public about solid waste reduction at recycling depots and department stores.
The Master Recycler Course Curriculum
Master Recycler training includes 40 hours of instruction: 8 evening weekday classes, and 3 Saturday field trips to local solid waste and recycling sites. Classes are taught by local experts in solid waste from business, government and non profit sectors.
The comprehensive Master Recycler training includes:
Overview of solid waste in Marion County
Collection, transfer and disposal
The Recycling Process
What can be recycled
How recyclables are collected
Manufacturing with recycled materials
How to get started
The life of a compost heap
Composting systems and bins
Food waste composting using vermiculture (worm bins)
Closing the Loop
Sources for Recycled Goods
Household Hazardous Waste
Master Recycler Community Outreach
Education and motivation
Developing your outreach plan
Join the Master Recycler Program to help make our community a better one!
Sign up to receive information on future classes.
Marion County Public Works
5155 Silverton Road NE
Salem, OR 97305