A series of classes beginning in March will train people to become certified master recyclers.

A series of classes beginning in March will train people to become certified master recyclers.

A master recycler is a solid waste prevention ambassador working to reduce waste and increase public awareness of the importance of recycling. Master recyclers must give 40 service hours to the program.

The training course educates attendees on topics of recycling, waste prevention, composting, and the local solid waste infrastructure. It includes an extensive training manual, discussion-based classes, and presentations from local and regional experts, along with field trips to Dry Creek Landfill and gas-to-energy plant, composting facilities, and the Medford wastewater treatment plant.

Weekly classes take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 7 through May 23, in the Mace Building at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Expo Park, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Field trips take place on Saturdays. There will be an orientation on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The training costs $85 for residential participants and $185 for commercial and governmental participants. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 3, and can be downloaded from www.jcmasterrecyclers.org

For more information, contact Denise Barnes, at the Jackson County Recycling Partnership 541-494-5488.

Some information in this brief has been corrected.