SANTA CRUZ —The City of Santa Cruz is now accepting applications for its second annual Master Recycler Volunteer Training Program. Over nine sessions from Feb. 5 to March 19 participants will train to become “Master Recyclers” in areas related to waste reduction and recycling. They will graduate as community champions with certification to educate and empower friends, neighbors, schools, businesses and local groups to waste less and “recycle right.”
Throughout seven Tuesday evening sessions, participants will receive hands-on training from City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery staff and other local waste professionals and experts. Class topics include waste prevention, recycling processes and markets, Zero Waste concepts, Extended Producer Responsibility, household hazardous waste, repairing and repurposing items, and green consumer tips. Two Saturday morning field trips will provide a behind-the-scenes look at sorted and baled recyclable material, large and small scale composting systems, and electronic waste management.
Course graduates will emerge with agreement to put their new skills into practice through a minimum of 20 hours of community service. They will be invited to support Earth Day and reuse and repair events, serve as neighborhood resources at block parties and as waste monitors and outreach coordinators at special events. They will join last year’s 28 graduates in helping to mitigate the largest Santa Cruz (and nationwide) recycling problem of contamination.
Advanced program registration is required. Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Priority consideration will be given to people who reside or work within the City of Santa City and are at least 18 years of age. Applications can be downloaded at www.cityofsantacruz.com/recycleright.
Any questions or concerns may be addressed to Waste Reduction Assistant Leslie O’Malley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (831) 420-5593.