Master Recycler Vancouver Community Course Structure

Typically, classes take place in evenings, once a week over nine weeks (eight evening classes with a mid-course break) and includes two field trips to local waste management facilities. Training is followed by 30 hours of community outreach to graduate as a Certified Master Recycler.

In 2020, we had to take the course entirely online to accommodate for COVID-19 safety precautions. We will be exploring online course options for future years as well.

Despite its name, the "Master Recycler" Program is about the deeper issue of how to reduce and prevent waste. The course addresses garbage, recycling and organics disposal, and trains participants in community outreach, leadership, and behaviour change.

Program at a Glance

  • Class 1 - Waste: Up Close and Personal

  • Class 2 - Where is ‘Away’?

  • Class 3 - Is Recycling the Solution? You Decide

  • Class 4 - Back to the Future: a Circular Economy


  • Class 5 - From Soil, to Soil: Deep Dive into Compost and Anaerobic Digestion

  • Class 6 - You Can Fix That! Toxic Waste

  • Class 7 - Your Turn Now: Behaviour Change and Reaching Out

  • Class 8 - Wrapping Up: Participant Presentations and What Comes Next?

Field Trips

See where 'away' really is. Participants say that seeing material processing facilities (where items are prepared for recycling), composting facilities, and landfills are deeply impactful experiences that stay with them long after the course concludes.

Previous Master Recycler field trips include:
  • Vancouver South Transfer Station  Vancouver, BC
  • Vancouver Landfill Delta, BC
  • Urban Impact Recycling New Westminster, BC
  • Recycling Alternative Vancouver, BC
  • Hop Compost Vancouver, BC
  • PAC Pacific Carpet Recycling Richmond, BC
  • Enviro-Smart Organics Delta, BC
  • (now closed) Harvest Power, Fraser-Richmond Organics processing facility Richmond, BC