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.


2019 Program at a Glance

  • Class 1 - Waste: Up Close and Personal - March 19, 2019

  • Class 2 - Is Recycling the Solution? You Decide - March 26, 2019

  • Class 3 - Where is ‘Away’? - April 2, 2019

  • Class 4 - Back to the Future: a Circular Economy - April 9, 2019

BREAK - April 16, 2019

  • Class 5 - From Soil, to Soil: Deep Dive into Compost and Anaerobic Digestion - April 23, 2018

  • Class 6 - You Can Fix That! Toxic Waste - April 30, 2019

  • Class 7 - Your Turn Now: Behaviour Change and Reaching Out - May 7, 2019

  • Class 8 - Wrapping Up: Participant Presentations and What Comes Next? - May 14, 2019

Field Trips

See where 'away' really is. Past Master Recycler Programs have visited the facilities below:
  • Vancouver South Transfer Station 
  • Vancouver Landfill
  • Urban Impact Recycling
  • Recycling Alternative
  • Hop Compost
  • Enviro-Smart Organics
  • Harvest Power, Fraser-Richmond Organics processing facility



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