|Master Recycler program returns to Clackamas County posted on 01/31/2020|
Lauren Norris, Program Manager for the Master Recycler
Program administered by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and
Sustainability, noted that more than 1,800 people have learned about recycling
processes, composting, alternatives to hazardous household products, thoughtful
consumption and green building.
“People come for different reasons, but also to bring
resources and ideas and knowledge to projects they want to get done in their
own communities,” Norris said.
This spring, the regional program will return to Clackamas
County, with limited spots available for participants to enjoy a hands-on
opportunity to learn about recycling and waste reduction. The spring session
will start Wednesday, April 1, and run for eight consecutive Wednesdays, at
Clackamas County’s Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon
City. There will also be two half-day field trips on Saturdays.
Norris noted in addition to recycling, the program also
focuses on repairing and resource sharing, including how “repair fairs” and
“libraries of things” are helping minimize the impact on what people buy.
“Most libraries in Clackamas County have a ‘library of
things,’” she said.
Norris also noted the program, which started in 1991 with a
nonprofit in Seattle and then spread to Oregon State University, is evolving,
including a complete overhaul of the course handbook four years ago to include
a look at materials management and the full life cycle of materials. That can
help with decisions about where changes can be made to make bigger impacts.
“It really is an exciting, new document they receive on the
first day,” Norris said.
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 and limited scholarships
Registration closes at noon, Wednesday, March 4. For more
details and to apply, visit www.masterrecycler.org.
The regional Master Recycler Program is sponsored by Metro,
the City of Portland, Clackamas County, Washington County, the Oregon
Department of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.
By Garth Guibord/MT