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.
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?