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Become a Master Recycler

Master Recycler class tour of recycling center

Become a Master Recycler

Learn from the experts. Share with your neighbors. Save our natural resources. 


Take an eight-week course on the latest information on waste prevention and recycling, including classroom instruction and site tours. Then, volunteer 30 hours to share what you learned with neighbors, coworkers and community.

Class begins January 8, 2014 and includes eight consecutive Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., plus two Saturdays -- January 11 and February 15, 2014 -- 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. (A commitment to attend all ten dates is required for the application to be accepted.)

Washington Street Conference Center, 225 S. First Ave. (in downtown Hillsboro)

$50 fee to cover course materials. Limited scholarships are available.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 18, 2013 at noon.

Please visit for details and to apply.


About the Master Recycler Class

Course structure
The popular eight-week course includes two field trips and instruction in topics such as thoughtful consumption, recycling processes, alternatives to hazardous household products, composting and deconstruction and green building. The course is a blend of presentations by professionals in the field, peer group discussion and project development.

Participant responsibilities
Participants agree to attend all classes and field trips. After completing the course, graduates put their skills to work to help others make choices to conserve natural resources. It's what makes the Master Recycler Program so special: participants agree to volunteer 30 hours of public outreach. Master Recyclers staff information booths at community events, provide presentations, and work on personal projects. They also work to inspire their own neighbors and co-workers.

Attendance at all classes and tours and an agreement to complete the 30 volunteer hours is required to be considered for the Master Recycler Certification. 

The Master Recycler program is brought to you by Metro, the City of PortlandClackamas CountyWashington CountyDepartment of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.