Master Recycler Vancouver Community Course Structure

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

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 tell us that seeing the various material processing facilities (where things get prepared to be recycled), and composting facilities are the most impactful experiences.

Past Master Recycler Programs have visited the facilities below:
  • Vancouver South Transfer Station 
  • Vancouver Landfill
  • Urban Impact Recycling
  • Recycling Alternative
  • Hop Compost
  • PAC Pacific Carpet Recycling
  • Enviro-Smart Organics
  • Harvest Power, Fraser-Richmond Organics processing facility