Become a Master Recycler Composter

Join fellow waste reduction enthusiasts and become an advocate for the three Rs in your community as a Hennepin County Master Recycler/Composter. 

Master Recycler/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/Composters and encouraged to continue volunteer service.

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What you gain from the program

As a Master Recycler/Composter, you will inspire others in your community to reduce waste, recycle more and compost. The purpose of the program is to create a volunteer pool of knowledgeable residents who inspire others in their community to reduce waste in the home and at work.

Through the Master Recycler/Composter program, you will gain knowledge from the experts, experience working in the field and the satisfaction of having an impact on these important issues. You will also meet others who are excited about waste reduction and join a growing community of Master Recycler/Composters.

You must live or work in Hennepin County to be eligible for this program.

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 schedule

The spring 2014 training course is full. If you would like to be notified when registration is open for the fall 2014 course, please email Carolyn Collopy at

The spring 2014 training course will be held:

  • Dates: Wednesday evenings, April 16, 23 and 30, and May 7, 14 and 21 
  • Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W 26th St, Minneapolis

Field trips will take place on Friday, May 2 and Friday, May 16 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. 

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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