County seeks trash masters for Master Recycler Composter course

January 16, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 16, 2011

King County encourages residents to engage in some trash talking and enroll in the Master Recycler Composter training program soon.

The course offers skills about how to reduce the amount of waste in the home and in the community. The program offers training for home composting, recycling and waste prevention, plus information about alternatives to household hazardous waste disposal and solid waste impacts on climate change.

The county Solid Waste Division sponsors the program to reduce the amount of material dumped at Cedar Hills Regional Landfill near Issaquah. Officials estimate more than half of the material considered to be “garbage” at the landfill is actually recyclable material.

The application deadline is Feb. 3. The course runs from Feb. 10 to March 24 at the Kent Centennial Center. The course is scheduled for Thursdays from 6:30-9 p.m. and some Saturday sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The training includes field trips Feb. 12 and March 5.

The training is open to all King County residents in communities outside of Seattle.

In exchange for free training, program graduates offer 40 hours of volunteer outreach in communities. The focus is on recycling and waste reduction topics.

Since the program launched in 1990, more than 600 volunteers have completed the Master Recycler Composter training. The county relies on the group spread recycling and composting knowledge in communities.

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