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/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 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 motivating behavior change

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 2017 course will be held:

  • Dates: Wednesday evenings, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 and April 5
  • Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m. 
  • Location: East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 NE 2nd St., Minneapolis (map)

An optional field trip featuring tours of recycling and waste management facilities will take place on Friday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Transportation for the field trip will be provided.

All Wednesday classes are mandatory; the Friday field trip is 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 spring 2017 class is closed. If you have questions or would like to be notified of future courses, contact Carolyn Collopy at

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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