Bring the Master Recycler Program to Your Town 

Contact: Lane County Master Recycler Coordinator Kelly Bell, 541-682-2059


Have you been dying to learn what happens to waste when you take out the trash? Are you curious what waste transfer centers look and smell like? Care to come for a visit? Lane County’s Waste Management Division is offering one lucky rural community an opportunity to bring free Master Recyclers classes to their community. Find out why you can recycle your cardboard, but not those pizza boxes. See where that old-school TV you recycled went after you brought in your HD plasma for the big game.


The Waste Management Division hosts these classes to assist residents and businesses reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethinking waste habits. So strap on those waders and dive on into the Master Recyclers application, available at or any of the 16 recycling depots. Our rural class, scheduled to begin April 1, will be held in the community that submits the most applications (10 or more) by December 31. Applications can be submitted by email, fax, or snail mail (on recycled paper of course!).


“Since 2008 we have offered a full length Master Recycler class in a rural town of Lane County each year,” said Kelly Bell, coordinator of the Master Recycler Program. Classes have been held in Cottage Grove, Creswell, Florence and Junction City. The 2013 class was planned for the McKenzie River area but was cancelled due to under enrollment.


If you would like the Master Recycler Program to come to your area, please submit your application right away and then promote this free class to your friends, neighbors, co-workers and community. Call 541-682-2059 to schedule a guest speaker from the Master Recycler Program for your group meeting or event.


“Master Recyclers come from all walks of life but we are ALL passionate about preventing waste. If this sounds like you, or someone you know, we would love to hear from you!” said Bell.