The upcoming Master Recycler course provides a “hands-on” opportunity to learn about recycling, waste prevention and sustainability.

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 on Wednesday, March 27, and run for eight consecutive Wednesdays, at Clackamas County’s Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.

A $50 fee covers course materials. Limited scholarships are available.

The 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.

Participants agree to attend all classes and field trips and, after completing the course, put their skills to work to help others make choices to conserve natural resources. Participants agree to volunteer 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.

Attendance at all classes and tours and an agreement to complete the 30 volunteer hours are required to be considered for the Master Recycler Certification. The deadline for applications is noon on March 6.

To ensure a positive learning experience and adequate support for volunteers, class size is limited to 30 people. Applications will all be received up to the deadline and then 30 people will be selected by a weighted lottery.

For more details and to apply, go to

The Master Recycler Program is administered by the city of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and sponsored by Metro, the city of Portland, Clackamas County, Washington County, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.

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