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Information for current Master Recyclers

Find information for current Master Recycler/Composter volunteers, including payback opportunities and course files and presentations.

Report your hours using the form below.

Thank you for your continued efforts to help Hennepin County reduce waste and recycle more!

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There are two ways to be notified of payback opportunities:

Report your hours

After participating in payback activity, remember to report your hours by completing the form below.

Tracking volunteer outreach hours is a vital part of the Master Recycler/Composter program. It helps the volunteer coordinator know your activities and provides an official record of progress toward your 30-hours volunteer time commitment.

Many of you are doing great things in your communities to improve recycling and reduce waste in Hennepin County. Reporting your hours help us track your progress toward completing your 30 payback hours and becoming a certified Master Recycler/Composter. It also helps us track the impact of the program.

Report your hours by filling our the online reporting form.  

The following resources can help with you do outreach or plan waste reduction and recycling programs.

Environmental education items order form
Order free factsheets, brochures and other items

Environmental education kits and supplies
Includes activity ideas, product examples and more that can be checked out for use at events or presentations

Event recycling
Reserve portable event recycling containers or access the zero waste planning checklist and green event resources

Waste reduction and recycling
Links to Hennepin County's waste reduction and recycling programs and information

The MRC newsletter includes recycling news and program updates, MRC profiles, recognition of certified MRCs and more.

Recent newsletter editions

Winter 2019

  • You’re invited! “Just Eat It” documentary screening
  • This holiday season, buy local and waste less
  • New Master Recycler/Composter program coordinator
  • Recent changes to Hennepin County recycling programs: battery recycling collection at community spaces discontinued, non-reusable textile recycling program discontinued
  • Payback: newly certified MRCs, reporting your payback hours, upcoming payback opportunities

Fall 2019

  • You're invited to the 2019 volunteer appreciation event
  • PFAS: What is it and how can you help educate on the topic?
  • Reporting your payback hours
  • MRCs that have completed payback hours
  • Upcoming payback opportunities

Summer 2018

  • Support recycling by recycling right
  • Payback project highlight: Implementing a recycling program at FamilyWise Services
  • Registration open for fall MRC class
  • Provide feedback on MRC's effort to create zero waste grocery stores
  • Bag something awesome: Choose to Reuse
  • Update on revising the county's recycling ordinance
  • Follow the adventures of Recyclo at Hennepin County libraries
  • Newly certified MRCs
  • Payback opportunities
  • In the News

Spring 2018

  • MRC refresher course June 19
  • Welcome to all our new MRCs from the spring 2018 training!
  • Payback project highlights (MRCs join forces to organize collection in Bloomington; Eco Spirits at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church successfully plan a nearly zero waste event)
  • Newly certified MRCs
  • On the road to zero waste landfilled (revising the county's recycling ordinance; recycling progress report)
  • Zero Waste Challenge recap

Winter 2018

  • Hennepin County recycling study reveals improvements needed at apartment and condo buildings
  • New study examines the types of food waste and how to rescue it
  • Payback opportunity: rescuing food at the Super Bowl
  • Plus: Newly certified MRCs, in the news, and important links

Archived newsletter editions

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