What do Master Recyclers do?

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The Jackson County Master Recycler training course educates citizen volunteers to serve as waste prevention ambassadors in our community. To become Certified as a Master Recycler, each participant is required to serve at least 30 volunteer hours over the course of the year. Master Recyclers contribute more than 1,400 hours of service each year towards waste reduction in Jackson County!

 Here are just some of the ways Master Recyclers earn service hours:
  • Special Events: Master Recyclers are the people-power behind special waste prevention events, like the County Surplus Sales.
  • Community Events: Master Recycler volunteers team up to support recycling and educational efforts such as Pear Blossom Festival, Talent Harvest Festival, and Rogue Valley Earth Day.
  • Skills and Talents: Master Recyclers share a wide variety of personal and professional skills, including construction, sewing, graphic design, editing, hospitality, painting, welding, administrative support, hauling trailers/equipment, driving forklifts, event planning and much more.
  • Community Education and Outreach:  Volunteers build awareness and implement waste diversion strategies across Jackson County – in their homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, places of worship, clubs and organizations. Volunteers staff display tables at events to distribute information, post fliers in their community, give presentations, and use word-of-mouth and social networks to teach others about creating less wasteful lifestyles.
  • Workplace Recycling: Master Recyclers implement recycling programs at work, educate their coworkers about correct recycling procedures, and serve as liaisons to keep their workplace informed about waste prevention updates, events and other opportunities.