The program, which began in 2013, teaches students about waste reduction, material reuse, composting, recycling programs for residents and larger organizations, hazardous materials, alternatives to single-use packaging and more.
“Our goal is to encourage everyone to live more sustainably and to recycle right,” says Cristie Snyder, communications specialist with the district.
Graduates of the program must complete 20 hours worth of evening lectures and facility tours. The students are also required to log 20 hours of volunteer work.
The master recycler program accepts applications throughout the year from residents of Cuyahoga County and those who work within the county’s borders. Prospective candidates are interviewed before being selected and a modest fee covers costs associated with fingerprinting, background checks and classroom materials.
“The more that we can teach others who then have the ability to spread that message, the more we are going to accomplish our goals as a public agency,” notes Snyder.
Snyder says the program can benefit ordinary citizens, representatives of large organizations, students and anyone else seeking “a deep dive on recycling and waste reduction.”
She emphasizes that the district is more than willing to match people to a variety of programs, recycling-oriented and otherwise. The district website also features information about events, workshops, youth initiatives, school programs, presentations and grants, as well as general information about the organization and its mission.
The master recycling program is currently continuing enrollment for the upcoming fall 2020 class. For more information, visit here.