Master Recycler program empowers waste prevention ambassadors
Are you passionate about preventing waste, increasing recycling, conserving natural resources and making a difference right here in our area? If so, you should consider becoming a Jackson County Master Recycler. Our volunteer team of waste prevention ambassadors work within their communities to cultivate public awareness and support a variety of projects and programs related to recycling. As a master recycler, you will share your knowledge and motivate others to make resource conservation a way of life.
Become a waste prevention expert
Our eight-week course provides people from all backgrounds with in-depth information on recycling, waste prevention, composting, local solid waste infrastructure, e-waste, hazardous waste and more. The course includes an extensive training manual, along with presentations from regional experts, field trips and volunteer training.
Weekly classes take place on Tuesday evenings in the Rogue Disposal & Recycling corporate office at One West Main Street in Medford. Field trips take place on Saturdays. The course fee is $75 and need-based scholarships may be available. All participants are required to have regular access to an active email address.
Learning the recycling ropes
Training for the Master Recycler program covers a wide range of topics — ranging from waste disposal processes and waste prevention to composting, hazardous waste avoidance and tips for reusing items.
Class Presentations and Discussion Topics
- Understanding Our Watershed
- Local Solid Waste Infrastructure
- Solid Waste History and Overview
- DEQ’s Role In Waste Management and Regulations
- Recycling Processes
- Recycling Contaminants
- Composting and Vermicomposting + Commercial Composting
- Food Waste Diversion and Local Programs
- Wood and Yard Debris Diversion
- Plastics Recycling
- Hazardous Waste Management
- Electronic Waste
- Reduce and Reuse
- Waste Diversion In the Workplace
- Master Recycler Volunteer Opportunities In Jackson County
Sample Field Trips and Weekend Activities
- Dry Creek Landfill and Gas-To-Energy Facility
- Commercial Composting Facility
- Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Local Transfer Station
- Rogue Valley Earth Day
Making a difference as a Master Recycler
As a Master Recycler, you are expected to put your newfound knowledge to good use, spreading the word about waste management. Once the course is complete, you will be required to complete 30 hours of volunteer time in a set time period, culminating in a graduation and awards potluck for all participants.
Once you’re an official program graduate, you are asked to take a few steps to maintain this meaningful title. Master Recycler’s stay active each year by completing at least 10 hours of volunteer service and/or by attending related classes, workshops or events. We will stay in touch with you to keep you posted on opportunities for involvement, as well as to keep you up to date on the latest industry news so you can continue to accurately share information throughout the community.