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 - 2020 Dates

  • Class 1 - Waste: Up Close and Personal - March 17th, 2020

  • Class 2 - Where is ‘Away’? - March 24th, 2020

  • Class 3 - Is Recycling the Solution? You Decide - March 31st, 2020

  • Class 4 - Back to the Future: a Circular Economy - April 7th, 2020


  • Class 5 - From Soil, to Soil: Deep Dive into Compost and Anaerobic Digestion - April 21th, 2020

  • Class 6 - You Can Fix That! Toxic Waste - April 28th, 2020

  • Class 7 - Your Turn Now: Behaviour Change and Reaching Out - May 5th, 2020

  • Class 8 - Wrapping Up: Participant Presentations and What Comes Next? - May 12th, 2020

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