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Master Recyclers: making a difference in their neighborhoods


January 2016 ended with a celebration of the completion of the fourth class of Tillamook County Master Recyclers. Five new students earned the title of Master Recycler, joining the previous 11 graduates.

 January Master Recycler graduates (left to right) Wendy Ryan, Linda Kozlowski, Brian Wilson, Anne Osborne Coopersmith and John Goertzen.
January Master Recycler graduates (left to right) Wendy Ryan, Linda Kozlowski, Brian Wilson, Anne Osborne Coopersmith and John Goertzen.

 

“Our county now has 16 people they can go to with recycling questions and concerns,” said Sue Owens, Tillamook County Education and Outreach Specialist who shares that Master Recyclers have come from all areas of the County. “I’m excited to see people in our communities take an interest in this important subject and then take their newfound knowledge home with them, to their families, friends, workplaces and neighborhoods.”

 

Anne Osborne Coopersmith, John Goertzen, Linda Kozlowski, Wendy Ryan, and Brian Wilson all completed the course in January.

 

“I would encourage you to congratulate these people on their achievement and visit with them about they have learned during the course,” Owens said.

 

Students of the program learn to minimize the impacts of materials and learn strategies that encourage thoughtful consumption, the reduction of toxins and the recovery of our material resources. Aspects relating to local recycling efforts are also emphasized. The class is taught by David McCall, Tillamook County Solid Waste Program Manager, Owens, and a number of local and out-of-county experts.

 

The 20-hour Master Recycler course is free to Tillamook County residents and in exchange, asks for a 30-hour volunteer commitment to the Solid Waste Department and the message of recycling.

 

There are two more classes scheduled for 2016, one April 21-23 in South County and another September 28-30 in Tillamook.

 

For more information about becoming a Tillamook County Master Recycler, call Owens at 503-815-3975 x 3104 or email her at sowens@co.tillamook.or.us.

 

You may also visit the county website at www.co.tillamook.or.us/gov/solidwaste