Become a master recycler

Join fellow waste reduction enthusiasts and become an advocate for the three Rs in your community as a Hennepin County master recycler and composter. 

Master recycler and composters are trained on waste prevention, recycling and composting through an extensive six week course that features industry experts and field trips to local waste processing and recycling facilities.

Once training is complete, participants commit to volunteer 30 hours. Volunteer activities include staffing booths at events and designing and implementing waste reduction and recycling projects. When the 30 hour commitment is fulfilled, participants are certified master recycler and composters and encouraged to continue volunteer service.

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Course topics, schedule and registration

Course topics

  • Waste prevention
  • Recycling processes
  • Household hazardous waste and alternatives
  • Organics recycling and home composting
  • Zero-waste events
  • Public engagement and the psychology of sustainable behavior

Classes are taught by professionals from the public and private sector who are working on innovative solutions to environmental challenges. 

Course graduates agree to volunteer 30 hours putting their skills to work to help others learn the three Rs: reduce the amount of natural resources used, reuse material and recycle what cannot be salvaged.

Course schedule

The spring 2015 course will be held:

  • Dates: Wednesday evenings, April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6 and 13 
  • Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Dr., Crystal (map)

Field trips will take place on Friday, April 17 and Friday, May 1 from approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Transportation for the field trips is provided.

All Wednesday classes are mandatory; Friday field trips are optional.


The course costs $30 and includes all course materials. A limited number of waivers are available on a demonstrated need basis. 


The spring 2015 course if full, and registration is closed. To be notified when registration is open for the fall 2015 course, contact Carolyn Collopy, Master Recycler/Composter program coordinator, at or 612-596-0993.

Get help from a Master Recycler/Composter

If you have a project or event that could use Master Recycler/Composter volunteers, email Carolyn Collopy at or call 612-596-0993. 

Applicable volunteer opportunities for Master Recycler/Composters include designing and implementing waste reduction and recycling plans, staffing booths at events, and creating educational resources and displays.

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