Confused about Recycling? Passionate about Zero Waste? Ready to share what you learn? Join our Master Recycler Volunteer Training Program. Classes begin in February with applications due Jan. 22.



Photo at right: Courtesy of J. Benito 2018


Over nine sessions from Feb. 4 to March 17 participants will receive hands-on training from our City 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.  These sessions will teach the six Rs of Discard Management: Refuse, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.


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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.


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Graduates will join the last two years’ 50 graduates as community champions who will educate and empower friends, neighbors, schools, businesses and local groups in helping to mitigate the largest Santa Cruz (and nationwide) recycling problem of contamination.


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Master Recyclers Courtyard 4.18.

Please join us!

Advanced program registration is required with priority consideration given to people who reside or work within the City of Santa City and are at least 18 years of age. Applications may be downloaded at



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