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Want an Inside Look at SLC’s Waste Management System? Master Recycler 2017 is Now Enrolling!

Are you interested in the nitty gritty of recycling?

In learning why plastic bags are so hard to deal with?

Or what happens when garbage gets sent to the landfill?

Would you like to become a greater champion for reducing, reusing, and recycling in our community?


Then consider joining Salt Lake City’s 2017 “Master Recycler program!”

The program has been providing in-depth education about recycling, composting, and solid waste management to Salt Lake community members since 2015. It gives participants a behind-the-scenes look at Salt Lake City’s waste management system from bin to recycling plant.

Our mission is “to create a network of champions who are trained in waste reduction strategies and are able to assist with outreach and engagement in the Salt Lake City community.”

By learning from outreach experts and visiting waste management facilities, Master Recyclers are empowered to educate their own communities about all aspects of waste reduction.

Everyone is welcome to participate! Registration is open until the class is full.

Program Details

This year, the program requires fewer classes and offers more dates, making it even more accessible. To be certified as a Master Recycler, participants attend at least 4 classes and volunteer 8 hours. Classes are offered on select Tuesdays and Fridays throughout April, May, and June. You can see the full class schedule here.

Participants are required to attend two “core” classes, Waste and Materials Management I and II, which include tours of the Salt Lake Valley Landfill and the Rocky Mountain Recycling facility. After finishing these two classes, Master Recyclers choose a minimum of two electives from a variety of options, like Global Perspectives on Waste; Compost 101; Implementing a Recycling Program; Commercial Waste Reduction; and Reducing, Reusing, and Hard to Recycle Items.

The program wraps up with a barbecue and student presentations at the Master Recycler Social on June 30th.

What’s in it for you?

  • A tote bag full of Master Recycler swag, including a t-shirt and stainless steel water bottle.
  • The knowledge to help your friends, neighbors, and kids maximize your recycling & reduce your impact on the environment.
  • Access to our growing Master Recycler network of experts!

Learn more about registration by visiting this page.  Learn more about the program at or by calling 801-535-6909.

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