Master Recycler

Program overview

Have you ever paused at the recycling bin and wondered if what you’re throwing out is actually recyclable, or what will happen to it after it’s picked up? Then our new Master Recycler program is made for you! We developed this program in partnership with the City of Madison with support from The Carton Council. Learn the ins and outs of our local recycling system and get your recycling questions answered. The program will give you the tools you need to teach your family, neighbors, friends, and coworkers how to improve recycling and community sustainability. Each session has two 90-minute classes to become a Master Recycler. Sign up for one of the sessions below.

View the program flyer.

Master Recyclers are trained on waste prevention and recycling through a course, featuring two 90 minute classes on:

  • The 7 Rs of waste
  • Recycling system
  • Common recycling mistakes
  • Special case recycling

After the two courses, participants commit to an outreach project in the community to teach others what they’ve learned. When the project is complete, participants are certified master recyclers.

You will find some of the resources shared during the course below, including

Links to local recycling guidelines

resentations, and local recycling programs for special case recycling.

For Program participants

Reach out to course facilitator Lorenza with any questions, for copies of the presentations, and for presentation recordings. You may also submit your outreach projects through email or using this google form.


Local Programs for Special Case Recycling

Resources for Rethinking Waste

Food Waste Resources

  • Save the Food has many tools and tips for wasting less food including a digital meal prep tool to help you create your shopping list and plan your meals before now and the next grocery run.
  • UW Extention Master Composter course information and resources.
  • Check out the book Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food by Dana Gunders for strategies and simple recipes to reduce food waste.

Reuse Communities

  • The Buy Nothing Project is a group that encourages communities and neighborhoods to make groups for exchanging things with neighbors for free. They are usually administered through Facebook. If you have facebook and are interested in joining a group, search “Buy Nothing Project” and a group of neighbors should show up. If not, consider starting your own!
  • For Madison, the Zero Waste Madison Facebook group is a great place to exchange tips and ask questions about reducing waste.