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

As a Master Recycler/Composter, you will inspire others in your community to reduce waste, recycle more and compost. You will also meet others who are excited about waste reduction, gain knowledge from experts, get experience working in the field and have the satisfaction of having an impact on these important issues.

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 fall 2015 course will be held:

  • Dates: Wednesday evenings, September 30; October 7, 14, 21 and 28; November 4
  • Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, 2522 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis (map)

An optional field trip will take place on Friday, October 23. This will be an all-day field trip; exact time is to be determined. 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. 


Registration for the fall 2015 Master Recycler/Composter course is now closed. To be notified when the schedule and registration is available for the next Master Recycler/Composter course, email Carolyn Collopy at

You must live or work in Hennepin County to be eligible for this program. The class is limited to 30 participants.

Applications will be accepted until the class is full, and applications will be processed in the order they are received. The $30 charge is not due until you receive notification that your application has been accepted. Applicants that apply after the class is full will be placed on a waiting list and notified when the next course is scheduled.

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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