Snohomish County Sustainable Community Stewards

Program Contact: Stephanie Leeper, Sustainable Community Stewards Coordinator
425-357-6027 •

(formerly Carbon Masters)


Now Accepting Applications for our Waste Warriors Program! Join our 2017 program today!

Did you know that Washington State’s recycling rate is stagnant at 51%? In 2011, a King County study found that 39.7% of things thrown away could have been composted, and 21% could have been recycled. Over half of what’s tossed could be turned into new products or into beneficial compost.  Using recycled aluminum cans to make new aluminum cans uses 95% less energy than using raw material; for every ton of paper made from recycled paper, 17 trees are saved, and 50% less water is used. Most people want to recycle but are often confused by how to do it properly. That is where Waste Warriors can help.

Saturdays, July 22nd, July 29th, and August 5th 10am-4pm

Plus one evening tour (TBD)

McCollum Park 600 128th St NE, Everett, WA 98208

And various locations around Snohomish County

All Waste Warriors receive 18 hours of training!  This training not only will teach you the nuances of recycling and composting, but will also make you an expert that all of your neighbors and friends will call upon when they’re confused. You’ll have the opportunity to educate the public about recycling and composting at local festivals as well.


In this three week training, you’ll learn from expert presenters on why things can and cannot be recycled, where our recycling goes, backyard composting techniques, and how to reduce your waste overall; as well as have an opportunity to tour a local recycling center. The topics this training will include are:

  • Waste 101
  • Recycling Myth and Fact
  • Product Stewardship/Producer Responsibility
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Green Cleaning
  • Backyard Composting
  • Commercial Composting Systems


After the training is complete, you will be asked to give 16 hours back to the program at festivals located throughout Snohomish County in August and September. You will provide crucial education to the public about keeping our compost system free of plastics, why only some plastics are recyclable, and how to correctly sort waste. Additional volunteer opportunities in September and October will focus on non-toxic product outreach and proper storage of household chemicals.


Because this training will only be offered once in 2017 and seating is limited, there is an application process. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 7th. A $35 fee (to cover materials) will be due after you have been accepted. Applications can be found here: 2017 Waste Warrior Application


For more information, please contact Stephanie Leeper, Sustainable Community Stewards Coordinator, WSU Snohomish County Extension at or 425-357-6027.

Who are the Sustainable Community Stewards?

Sustainable Community Stewards are volunteers working to help individuals and communities adopt sustainable practices that are grounded in credible climate change and natural resources science and options that are relevant in Snohomish County. Sustainable Community Stewards encourage behavior change and civic engagement that result in cleaner water and air for all to enjoy. See our May 2016 Newsletter for recent events!

How Does It Work?

Learn how you can truly make a difference, both at home and around the world! Join us for the next Sustainable Community Stewards training! Volunteers receive 34 hours of professional-level education including presentations, field trips and experiential activities. Volunteers commit to volunteer 34 hours over the next year on interesting projects already established, or that they choose to create. That’s less than four hours a month!

The training will cover topics such as:

  • Climate Change
  • Sustainable Materials Management
  • Social Marketing/Behavior Change Techniques
  • Alternative Energy
  • Soils and Agriculture

As a knowledgeable, trained WSU Extension Sustainable Community Steward, you’ll be able to educate others on proven alternatives and new information that quickly contributes to a better future.

What Do Sustainable Community Stewards Do?

We are educators who share research-based information with others to encourage practices that protect and conserve the environment and wold we live in. Each Sustainable Community Steward chooses their own project.

Here are our current projects:


Ways You Can Become More Sustainable

  • Don’t use a bag, or bring a reusable bag with you shopping
  • Check your tire pressure regularly. You can increase fuel efficiency up to 5%
  • Check out your recycling guide find out what you can recycle: Rubatino (Everett), Waste Management, Sound Disposal (Edmonds Bowl), Republic, and Recology (Bothell).
  • Put your food scraps into a compost pile, or a yard waste bin! See the WSU Foodcycling page for more info.
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste properly and use green cleaning products made from safe ingredients!
  • Try to carpool or combine trips whenever possible
  • Carry reusable utensils and containers whenever possible
  • Try to buy food grown organically and locally
  • Recycle more paper! See the WSU Papercycling page for more info.
  • Plant native trees and shrubs in your yard. See our Native Tree Guide for help!

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