Master Recycler Program

Join the Lane County Master Recycler Program Today!

Do you want to learn how to reduce waste, conserve natural resources, motivate others to change their habits, and make a difference in your community? If so, you should join the Lane County Master Recycler Program.

Lane County Waste Management Division offers up to three training courses each year that provide comprehensive training in solid waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and compost education. In return for the 30+ hours of training, students are expected to provide 30 hours of volunteer outreach in the community—teaching fellow Lane County citizens how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink. Students can volunteer for existing programs and activities or create their own.

Master Recyclers receive 35 hours of instruction, nine Tuesday evening classes and three Saturday morning field trips to area solid waste and recycling sites. Instructors are experts in solid waste management, waste prevention, reuse, and recycling from the many local businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations that make up this thriving part of our economy.
​Enrollment is first come, first served based on the date applications arrive in the office.

NEW!  the Master Recycler Program provides its students with the OSU Continuing Education Course, Recycling 101at no charge when you attend the Lane County Master Recycler class/volunteer program.

Upcoming classes held in the Eugene/Springfield area are
April 3 through May 29, 2018
 September 11 through November 6, 2018
Submit an application today to be included in the next available Eugene/Springfield class.

Master Recyclers are in rural Lane County! Applications are now being accepted for the FLORENCE Master Recycler class January 8 - March 5, 2019 if  20 people sign up. 
​Florence applications are available at Florence and Swisshome transfers stations or you can download the Florence application here.

Lane County Recyclers learn about:

Solid waste in Lane County The recycling process
Collection, transfer, and disposal Source separation
What can be recycled How recyclables are collected
Processing Waste reduction
Personal impact and consumption Packaging
Local waste-based businesses Business waste prevention
Tours of local facilities Event recycling
Home composting The life of a compost heap
Worm composting—vermiculture Composting systems and bins
Compost uses Closing the loop
Buying recycled Household hazardous waste
Electronic waste (e-waste) Community outreach
Education and motivation Developing an outreach plan