Applications are being accepted for the Florence Lane County Master Recycler Program

Applications are being accepted for the Florence Lane County Master Recycler Program
Posted on 10/23/2018

Lane County Waste Management Division is offering a FREE course this winter 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.


Winter classes will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., January 8 through March 5, 2019 at Lane Community College’s Florence campus (3149 Oak Street, Florence).


Applications are available at 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 1030 Lane County master recyclers have contributed 42,600+ 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 Recycling 101 online. The R101 course was developed for and by Oregon’s recycling industry. Normally valued at $35–$50, R101 is free for Lane County Master Recycler students.





A few words from Master Recyclers:


“It was a truly AMAZING and transformative experience for me. I learned so much about the field and it gave me real-world exposure to the world of waste prevention, recycling and composting. Before the Master Recycler program, I was learning about these things only from a very academic and somewhat removed/impersonal perspective. Thank you so much!


Luis Sandoval, Winter 2014

Associate Solid Waste Planner at Metro, former staff Auditor Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division




“The Master Recycler program provides valuable and necessary waste reduction education to our community, generating inspired and engaged program graduates who provide outreach and examples of practical sustainability during our events, at our schools, and in our neighborhoods. Our local Master Recyclers not only inspire those around them to waste less—they encourage their friends and neighbors to do more.”


Deveron Musgrave, Fall 2014

Waste Prevention and Green Building Program Coordinator at City of Eugene




“The Master Recyclers Program delves into waste and teaches the value of materials on a personal level while providing excellent community resources. I have recommended the program to my family and friends because I think it offers such good insights into the realities of our consumer society. Besides that, the program has such a welcoming community atmosphere that I instantly felt comfortable in Kelly’s classes.”


Phil Chesbro, Spring 2013

Compost/Zero Waste Coordinator at University of Oregon