Become a Community Recycling Ambassador
Join fellow waste reduction enthusiasts and inspire others to reduce, reuse and recycle as a Hennepin County Community Recycling Ambassador (formerly known as Master Recycler/Composter)!
Community Recycling Ambassadors (CRAs) are trained on waste prevention, recycling and composting, and effective communication skills through a six-week course, with one class each week, taught by industry experts and community leaders. The training also includes field trips to local waste processing and recycling facilities when possible.
Once training is complete, participants commit to volunteering 30-hours putting their skills to work on projects and activities that minimize waste and provide waste reduction, recycling and composting education. Community Recycling Ambassadors have the flexibility to pursue and create waste-reduction focused volunteer opportunities that interest them and serve their communities’ unique needs.
Upcoming trainings in 2023
Hennepin County will hold two rounds of Community Recycling Ambassador trainings in 2023. The spring 2023 class will be held every Wednesday at 6 - 8 p.m. from February 15 through March 22. This is a hybrid class with the option to join virtually via Zoom or in-person at the Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. The application for the spring class is closed.
The summer 2023 class will be held every Thursday at noon - 2 p.m. from June 15 through July 27 (no class on July 6). The class will take place virtually via Zoom. Check back for details or add your email to the notification list at the bottom of this page.
Before applying, please ensure that you meet the following requirements:
- You are 18 years of age or older
- You live and/or work within Hennepin County
- You are available for all six class sessions
- You can commit to 30 hours of volunteering after the class completes
- You have access to internet and a computer or similar device if you plan to attend class virtually