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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Payback opportunities

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.

Course manual and presentations

Resources for MRCs

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

MRC newsletter

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

Recent newsletter editions

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

Fall/Winter 2016

  • Low-waste holiday tips
  • Insights from the Hennepin County waste sort
  • Newly certified MRCs
  • Payback opportunities

Summer 2016

  • MRCs needed to help with the new Zero Waste Challenge
  • MRC event: movie at Target Field Station
  • Payback hours and newly certified MRCs 
  • Recycle Everywhere campaign encourages residents to rethink their recycling routine
  • Better than new. Choose to reuse.
  • Events

Spring 2016

  • Repair – a radical act?
  • Join us at the volunteer appreciation event on Thursday, April 21
  • Payback hours and newly certified MRCs
  • Earth Day is April 22: Attend an event or clean-up and get resources
  • Business receive grants and get recognized for recycling
  • New and updated environmental education resources 
  • Compost bin distribution events
  • Hazardous waste collection events
  • Minneapolis City Council approves plastic bag ban

Winter 2016

  • Organics recycling update: some items no longer accepted
  • Payback hours and newly certified MRCs
  • New Green Disposal Guide tells you the best way to get rid of your stuff
  • Tell your friends: registration is open for the spring 2016 MRC course
  • New and updated literature available 
  • Payback opportunities

Summer 2015

  • You're invited: volunteer appreciation night
  • How2Recycle packaging labels address recycling confusion
  • Hennepin County launches 2015 Recycle Everywhere campaign
  • Minneapolis begins rollout of curbside organics recycling
  • Choose to Reuse this August through October with discounts at local retailers
  • Pilot program aims to reduce waste during moving at apartments and townhouses
  • Four MRCs complete their payback hours
  • Reporting your payback hours
  • New information available on reducing waste and the use of hazardous chemicals
  • In the News

Winter 2014

  • Building material reuse
  • School recycling grants available
  • Payback hours and newly certified MRCs
  • Sign up to be notified of payback opportunities via email
  • Fall 2014 MRC training

Summer 2014

  • Recycle Everywhere campaign 
  • Sign up to be notified of payback opportunities via email
  • Fall 2014 MRC training 
  • Reuse and recycling program updates
  • Recycling in the news

Winter 2014

  • Focusing on food waste
  • Cities to be required to offer organics recycling
  • Four more certified MRCs!
  • Hennepin County launches redesigned, mobile-friendly website
  • Funding available for businesses and non-profits to improve recycling and organics recycling programs
  • Recycling Association of Minnesota rain barrel and compost bin distribution events
  • Recycling in the news

Archived newsletter editions

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Master Recycler volunteer hours reporting

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e.g., residential recycling, plastics, e-waste, composting
e.g., table, presentation, event participation or planning, resource development