What is a Master Recycler?

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Master Recyclers are waste prevention ambassadors who work within their communities to cultivate public awareness by supporting a wide variety of projects and programs across Jackson County. They share their knowledge and motivate others to make resource conservation a way of life.

2016 Master Recycler Training Course
Tuesdays, March 8 – May 17, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

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Click here for the 2016 Draft Course Syllabus!

Each Spring,  a 10-week training course teaches residents and business and government representatives on topics of recycling, waste prevention, composting, local solid waste infrastructure, e-waste, hazardous waste and much more. The course includes an extensive training manual, presentations from regional experts, field trips and volunteer training.

Weekly classes take place on Tuesday evenings in the Rogue Disposal corporate office at One West Main Street in Medford. Field trip takes place on a Saturday.

  • Course Fees: $85 for residential participants, $100 for nonprofits/schools, $185 for commercial/governmental participants; need-based scholarships may be available.
  • All course participants are required to have regular access to an active email address; frequent communication between the MR program and participants is made electronically.

To request more info about future training sessions,
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Click here to download the enrollment packet
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Class Presentations & Discussion: Click here for a draft of the 2016 Course Syllabus!

  • Our Wasteshed: Who, What and Where
  • Local Solid Waste Infrastructure
  • Solid Waste History and Overview
  • DEQ Role & Regulations
  • Recycling Processes
  • Recycling Contaminants
  • Composting & Vermicomposting
  • Food Waste Diversion and Local Programs
  • Commercial Composting
  • Wood and Yard Debris Diversion
  • Plastics Recycling
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Electronics Management
  • Reduce & Reuse
  • Waste Prevention and Alternatives to Garbage Disposal
  • Waste Diversion in the Workplace
  • Master Recycler Volunteer Opportunities in Jackson County

Sample Field Trips & Weekend Activities:

  • Dry Creek Landfill & Gas to Energy Facility
  • Oakleaf Commercial Composting Facility
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Local Transfer Station
  • Rogue Valley Earth Day
    To request more info about future training sessions, click here
    Click here to download the enrollment packet
    Click here fill out our online enrollment form

Launched in Spring 2008, the Jackson County Master Recycling program was modeled after existing Master Recycler programs in Portland and Eugene. In its first year, the program was sponsored by Jackson County with grant funding from Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The program is now administered by Jackson County Recycling Partnership.