To help everyone reduce their waste through training individuals to become responsible citizens in a circular economy.


To create a program that can be replicated anywhere to reach as many people as possible.


It's easy to register for the course, or to join the behind-the-scenes conversation through the SPEC Waste Committee.

About the Program

 2017 Course Outline

Join fellow waste reduction enthusiasts and become an advocate for the three Rs in your community as a Master Recycler (and Composter!) in the Vancouver Lower Mainland.

Master Recyclers are trained on waste prevention, recycling and composting through an extensive eight week course featuring experts from industry and field trips to local waste processing and recycling facilities. 

Once training is complete, participants are guided to spend 30 hours doing community outreach, such as staffing booths at events, designing and implementing waste reduction and recycling projects, and educating their neighbourhood or strata. When they have completed their 30 volunteer hours, participants become Certified Master Recyclers and are encouraged to continue their community outreach. 

2015 was the pilot year for the Master Recycler program in Vancouver. It was hosted by the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation's (SPEC) Waste Committee, and was made possible with funding from VanCity and SPEC.

Master Recycler programs exist across North America, and have often been initiated by small groups of committed citizens. Over time, the programs were integrated into municipalities, and we feel this is the best place for the program as well. 

Are you part of a municipal organization who would like to host your own Master Recycler program?

Would you like to learn more about the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation? 
Visit our site at www.spec.bc.ca!