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Master Recyclers are citizen volunteers who serve as solid waste ambassadors in Jackson County, working within their communities to reduce waste generation, to cultivate public awareness and to support projects of Jackson County Recycling Partnership, Jackson County SMARTWorks.
Each Spring, an 11-week training course teaches 35-40 Jackson County residents, business and government representatives on topics of recycling, waste prevention, composting, and the local solid waste infrastructure. The course includes an extensive training manual, discussion based classes, and presentations from local and regional experts. Field trips include visits to Dry Creek landfill, composting facilities, a waste-to-energy plant and the Medford wastewater treatment plant.
2013 Master Recycler Training Course Description
Click here to download 2013 Course syllabus
Weekly classes take place on Wednesday evenings, March 6– May 22, 5:30–8:30 p.m. (we skip the week of April 17, 2013) in the Mace Building located at the Jackson County Expo Fairgrounds, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point, right off of I-5 . Field trips take place on Saturdays. There will be an orientation/open house on Wednesday, February 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $85 for residential participants and $100 for nonprofits/Schools and $185 for commercial/governmental participants. All course participants are required to have regular access to an active email address as frequent communication between the Program and the participants are made electronically.
Class Presentations and Discussion:
- 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 Disposal
- Reduce and Reuse
- Waste Prevention and Alternatives to Garbage Disposal
- Commercial Waste Reduction
- Waste Diversion in the Workplace
- Zero Waste Standard
- Master Recycler Volunteer Opportunities in Jackson County
Sample Field Trips & Weekend Activities:
- Dry Creek Landfill
- Oakleaf Commercial Composting Facility
- Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Local waste haulers facilities
- Commercial and event waste diversion
- Rogue Valley Earth Day
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. Jackson County Recycling Partnership now serves as funding and planning organization for the program.