Make 2017 a Greener Year. Become a Master Recylcer/Composter.


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Tue Mar 14, 2017 06:30 PM - Tue Apr 18, 2017 08:30 PM


Dakota County Northern Service Center1 Mendota RoadWest St. Paul, MN 55118


The Master Recycler/Composter program provides training on waste reduction, recycling, composting and solid waste. The program extends over a 6-week period with one 3-hour class each week. Participants receive a training handbook, engage in hands-on demonstrations, hear presentations from local and regional experts, and go on field trips to relevant sites.

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 goods
  • Recycle what cannot be salvaged

Graduates have the opportunity to staff informational booths at community events, make presentations, and work on special projects in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.

Upcoming Classes
Tuesdays, March 14-April 18
6-8:30 p.m.
Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road, West St. Paul

Cost: $30 fee covers course materials and field trip transportation

Spring Registration Deadline

Deadline for applications is March 12th. To ensure a positive learning experience and adequate support for volunteers, class size is limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. All applicants will receive notification of their status in the class and next steps.

Course overview
The program consists of six mandatory weeknight classes and two optional field trips. Each class will bring in local and regional leaders to discuss topics such as thoughtful consumption, recycling and waste history, hazardous household products, organic waste diversion, and how to inspire others to change their behavior. The course is a blend of presentations by professionals in the field, hands-on demonstrations and project development with peers.

Duties and responsibilities vary with volunteer activity. Overall, every Master Recycler represents Dakota County and should show up on time and leave when expected; be courteous and helpful; and, follow-up with event coordinators if needed.

Minimum qualifications/training: You must be 18 or over to complete the class. Participants must complete the 6-week Master Recycler/Composter class before volunteering.

Minimum time commitment: 18+ hours of coursework and 30 hours after course is completed

Work site: The class will be inside at one location throughout the course. Field trips are at recycling and waste facilities. Volunteering after course varies with activity. Past locations include outdoor events, inside manning a booth, in a classroom, presenting to a group, researching at home.


Environmental Resources Department

Jenny Kedward



  • Program Management
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • People Skills
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Education

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • 18+ hours of coursework and 30 hours after course
  • Must attend classes and training

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