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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, or by approved plan. Effective July 6, 2021, Snohomish County WSU Extension will have a limited administration presence at Willis Tucker Park (Snohomish). The McCollum Park campus (Everett) continues to be closed to the public.  We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Waste Warrior Outreach Volunteer Program

Program Contact: Patricia Townsend, Ph.D., Natural Resources Programs Director
425-357-6020 •

Waste Warrior Training

Waste Warriors standing at trash sorting station.

Waste sorting at events helping attendees recycle right!

Confused and frustrated about what and how to recycle? You’re not alone! Join us for Waste Warrior Training and gain bragging rights as your share your knowledge with friends, family and community members!

In this four week training, you’ll learn from expert presenters on why things can and cannot be recycled, where our recycling goes, 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:

After the training is complete, you will be asked to give 20 hours back to the program at festivals located throughout Snohomish County in 2019. 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 disposal of household chemicals.

This training will take place with the Sustainable Community Steward Training on the following Wednesday evenings: September 19th, October 3rd, October 10th and November 7th. Two field trips of your choosing are required to complete the training.

Once the training is complete you volunteer and report your hours!

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.

A 40-hour volunteer commitment is required for participation in the Sustainable Community Steward Training and 20-hour commitment is required for the Waste Warrior Training. Once those hours are met you may maintain your volunteer status by serving a minimum of 10 volunteer hours a year.

Enroll now! Extended Application deadline is Friday, September 14th.