Reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s a refrain we’ve heard since we were little kids on the playground, drinking Capri Sun out of weird aluminum pouches that were definitely not recyclable. And, now that we’re all grown up, it turns out that “Reduce, reuse, recycle” is much easier to say than it is to actually put into practice.
That’s where the Master Recycler course comes in, a regional class that provides a hands-on opportunity to learn about recycling, waste reduction and how participants can make an immediate positive difference in the community.
Offered only three times a year, this eight-week class meets once a week in the evening and twice on Saturdays for half-day field trips. The spring session will start Wednesday, April 3, and run for eight consecutive Wednesdays, at Clackamas County’s Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.
The popular course includes two field trips and instruction in topics such as recycling processes, composting, alternatives to hazardous household products, thoughtful consumption and green building. The course is a blend of presentations by professionals in the field, peer group discussion and project development.
Participants agree to attend all classes and field trips and, after completing the course, put their skills to work to help others conserve natural resources by volunteering 30 hours of public outreach. Master Recyclers work at information booths at community events, provide presentations in the community, work on original projects and inspire their neighbors and co-workers.
A $50 fee covers course materials. Limited scholarships are available. For more details and to apply, visit www.masterrecycler.org. Registration closes Wednesday, March 6, at noon.