New Master Recyclers benefit Manzanita

Two new students have earned the title of Master Recycler, joining the previous eighteen graduates, according to the Tillamook County Solid Waste Department.


“Our county now has twenty people they can go to with recycling questions and concerns,” said Sue Owens, Tillamook County Education and Outreach Specialist. “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.”

The new course graduates are Ronelle Herrick and Steven Kershaw.

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

Upon completion of the course, Herrick and Kershaw helped install new signage on the trash and recycling station at the corner of Ocean and Laneda in Manzanita. Officials said the new signage better portrays which recyclable materials are accepted at this site. The signs use the same colors recently installed at recycling locations countywide.

The class is taught by David McCall, Tillamook County Solid Waste program manager, assisted by Owens and local experts.

Officials said the program’s students learn to minimize the impacts of materials and strategies encouraging thoughtful consumption, the reduction of toxins and the recovery of material resources. Aspects relating to local recycling efforts are also emphasized.

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

For more information about the Master Recycler program or to take the course, call Owens at 503-842-3419  x 3104 or email her at or visit the county website at

In accordance with Tillamook County Solid Waste Ordinance No. 4, Tillamook County regulates solid waste management, providing a coordinated solid waste management program “to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people, and the natural and scenic resources of Tillamook County.”  The Tillamook County Solid Waste Department operates as a function of Public Works.  Please visit for more information on waste prevention and recycling.


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