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Registration closes March 8 for spring Master Recycler course in Clackamas County

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The spring session starts March 29 and runs for eight consecutive Wednesdays in Oregon City

Concerned about recycling, natural resources and a healthier environment? The regional Master Recycler course is making its once-a-year visit to Clackamas County in spring 2017. It provides a hands-on opportunity to learn about recycling and waste reduction.

Offered only three times a year, this eight-week class meets once a week in the evening and twice on Saturdays for half-day field trips. The spring session will start Wednesday, March 29, and run for eight consecutive Wednesdays, at Clackamas County's Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City.

The course includes two field trips and instruction in such topics as recycling processes, composting, alternatives to hazardous household products, thoughtful consumption and green building. The course is a blend of presentations by professionals in the field, peer group discussion and project development.

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 work at information booths at community events, provide presentations in the community, work on original projects and inspire their neighbors and co-workers.

A $50 fee covers course materials. Limited scholarships are available. For more details and to apply, go to masterrecycler.org. Registration closes at noon March 8.

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

For more information, contact Stacy Ludington at 503-742-4463.