The regional Master Recycler course is making its annual visit to Clackamas County this spring. The course provides an in-depth, hands-on opportunity to learn about recycling and thoughtful consumption — and then use that knowledge to make an immediate difference in the community.

The eight-week class, offered just three times a year in the Portland region, meets once a week in the evening and twice on Saturdays for half-day field trips. The spring session begins April 2 and runs for eight consecutive Wednesdays at Clackamas County’s Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City. There are two Saturday field trips.

Participants agree to attend all classes and field trips and, after completing the course, put their skills to work to help others conserve natural resources by volunteering 30 hours of public outreach. Master Recyclers staff information booths at community events, provide presentations in the community, work on original projects, and inspire their neighbors and co-workers.

Attendance at all classes and tours and a signed agreement to complete the 30 volunteer hours are required to be considered for the Master Recycler certification.

Applications are being accepted through noon, March 5. There is a $50 fee to cover course materials, and limited scholarships are available. For more details or to apply, go to or call 503-545-8976.

To ensure a positive learning experience and adequate support for volunteers, class size is limited to 30 people.

The regional Master Recycler Program is administered by Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and is also sponsored by Metro, Clackamas County, Washington County, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.

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