The Master Recycler Composters of Thurston County is a volunteer service program. Master Recycler Composter (MRC) volunteers are trained on how to reduce waste and increase public awareness of opportunities to prevent waste, recycle and compost in Thurston County.
Course graduates agree to give a minimum of 25 hours of yearly service as they put their new skills to use. They work with local organizations, community members, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, or at special events encouraging waste prevention, recycling and composting. MRC’s can design their own projects or work existing ones. On-going continuing education opportunities are provided.
Master Recycler Composter (MRC) Volunteer Training
The next MRC volunteer training will take place in September and October. Further training details will be announced here after June 1, 2017.
If you would like your name added to our interest list for the next MRC volunteer training or if you have further questions please contact Cori Carlton, Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-867-2162.
MRC Volunteer Yearly Service Commitments:
Master Recycler Composters will be asked to give a minimum of 25 service hours per year
- 20 hours of “your choice” volunteer activities.
- 5 hours of Continuing Education (CE) hours.
20 hours of service can be earned in one or more of numerous Master Recycler Composter program areas.
This could include:
- Community outreach booth opportunities
- Waste Less Food projects
- Demonstration garden composting
- Re-purposing projects
- Special projects
- Children’s programming
- Individual interest projects
The 5 continuing education (CE) hours can be earned by: (only a sampling of potential activities)
- Attend educational offerings sponsored by our program. Field trips to Silver Springs, Material Recycling Facilities, etc.
- Attend other waste reduction related learning opportunities/festivals within the community and region.
- Read current waste reduction books. (Recycling, composting, reducing your carbon footprint etc.)
- Watch current waste reduction movies. (Check out movies from the Thurston County Solid Waste lending library.)
ACTIVE members will be asked to record all service hours volunteered on a monthly basis via an on-line system.
ACTIVE members will be asked to complete and return a Master Recycler Composter Recommitment form on a yearly basis.
Every other year ACTIVE members will be subject to a Washington state background check. This is done to protect the public in which we serve as well as the other Master Recycler Composter team members.
Click here for the 2017 FREE composting workshop schedule.
- Backyard Composting handout
- User’s Guide to Compost handout
- University of Illinois Extension Worms Program
Compost Bin Style Plans:
- Wire mesh compost unit
- Wood and wire three bin composting unit
- Concrete block three bin compost unit
- Wood worm composting bin plans
- Plastic tub worm bin plan