Learn to be a better steward of the earth at Master Recycler Course

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If you’re a recycler, pat yourself on the back. But you can learn to be even better at reducing waste on the planet by attending the LaPorte County Solid Waste District’s inaugural Recycler Course.

During this program, to be held Sept. 8 through Oct. 13, residents and business representatives will learn more about waste prevention, recycling and composting with information that extends well beyond what to put in your recycling bin. Besides guest speakers each Thursday, participants will also have the opportunity to go on field trips on some Fridays.

The Thursday classes will be held at the SWD office, 2857 W. Ind. 2 (just west of the fairgrounds) from 1 to 4 p.m. The schedule:

— Sept. 8 – introduction, the history and future of waste – Clay Turner, SWD executive director, and Alicia Ebaugh, education and public outreach coordinator

— Sept. 15 – waste flow process: Republic Services and Homewood Disposal

— Sept. 22 – organic waste reduction: public compost facility, Vince Sherman; vermicomposting and backyard composting, Alicia Ebaugh

— Sept. 29 – hazardous waste: Tom Buford, Lake Michigan Districts; Tradebe Environmental Solutions

— Oct. 6 – putting your knowledge to work reducing waste; Alicia Ebaugh

— Oct. 13 – graduation with a round of EnviroJeopardy (prizes)

The Friday field trips (optional) will include:

— Sept. 9 – Prairie View Landfill (leave SWD office by bus at 9 a.m.)

— Sept. 16 – MRF: Star Disposal Homewood (leave SWD office by bus at 9:30 a.m.)

— TBD – Michigan City Box Company

To enroll in this free series of classes, call 326-0014 or email aebaugh@solidwastedistrict.com BY AUG. 25. Once training is completed, class participants commit to 30 hours of volunteer time to inspire others in their community to reduce waste in the home, at work and elsewhere.

“There are many ways to volunteer — work a booth or help with recycling at an area event, teach classes related to recycling and waste reduction, or even create your own recycling project,” Ebaugh said. “If you are passionate about the environment and making sure our planet’s resources remain available for generations to come, this is your opportunity to take action.”

One Response to “Learn to be a better steward of the earth at Master Recycler Course”

  1. Denise Bunch

    Jul 31. 2016

    Wish this had been offer during the summer while I was off….back to school for me 🙁

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