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Community leaders in waste reduction

Become a Master Composter Recycler

Master Composter Recyclers use savvy ways to influence friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. They encourage Edmontonians to use specific ways that reduce waste.

This is a "learn and serve" volunteer program.

  • Complete 40 hours of free training
    view the 2017 training schedule
  • Learn about recycling, composting and waste reduction in Edmonton
  • Tour the Edmonton Waste Management Centre
  • Meet other like-minded Edmontonians
  • Volunteer at least 35 hours
  • Teach friends and neighbours how to reduce waste

Note: The application period has ended for 2017. Apply now to volunteer in 2018.

Become a Master Composter Recycler

Who should apply?

Master Composter Recycler volunteers are a diverse group of people who share a passion for waste reduction.

What makes a successful applicant?

  • Enthusiasm about waste reduction and sustainability
  • Motivation to teach others about waste reduction
  • Ability to make and maintain community connections

Eligibility requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Resident of Edmonton
  • Able to attend all training dates (for example, 2017 training schedule)
  • Legally allowed to volunteer in Canada
  • Competent in English and basic computer skills
  • Note: A Police Information Check is required for this role
What is involved in the training?

The Master Composter Recycler program has one intake per year.

Volunteers attend 40 hours of training over 10 sessions between March and May. Training includes classroom sessions, facility tours and hands-on activities. Participants are expected to attend all training dates.

See the 2017 training schedule

Master Composter Recycler volunteers learn all about waste in Edmonton, with a focus on waste reduction. They learn about the City's waste management system and how to effectively encourage others to adopt sustainable waste practices.

Note: The application period has ended for the 2017 volunteer training. Apply now to volunteer in 2018.

How do Master Composter Recyclers volunteer?

Master Composter Recyclers complete a minimum of 35 volunteer hours within the year following their training. Volunteers teach Edmontonians about waste.

Volunteer opportunities are varied to accommodate a wide range of schedules and individual preferences. Master Composter Recyclers are also encouraged to seek out their own opportunities.

  • Host a display at a community event
  • Write an article for a local newsletter or online
  • Start a vermicompost at work
  • Share waste reduction information on social media
  • Show a friend what can be recycled
  • Give a presentation to your colleagues or community league

For More Information

Sarah Snider

Title Communications Coordinator



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