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Master Recycler course returns to Clackamas County this spring; registration opens Thursday, Jan. 9

The regional Master Recyclercourse is making its annual visit to Clackamas County this spring. The courseprovides an in-depth, hands-on opportunity to learn about recycling andthoughtful consumption - and then use that knowledge to make an immediatedifference in the community.

The eight-week class, offeredonly three times a year in the Portland region, meets once a week in theevening and twice on Saturdays for half-day field trips. The spring 2014session begins April 2 and runs for eight consecutive Wednesdays at ClackamasCounty’s Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City. Thereare two Saturday field trips.

Registration opens on Thursday,Jan. 9.

Participants agree to attend allclasses and field trips and, after completing the course, put their skills towork to help others conserve natural resources by volunteering 30 hours ofpublic outreach. Master Recyclers staff information booths at community events,provide presentations in the community, work on original projects, and inspiretheir neighbors and co-workers.

Attendance at all classes andtours, and an agreement to complete the 30 volunteer hours, are required to beconsidered for the Master Recycler certification.

Applications are being acceptedthrough noon, March 5. There is a $50 fee to cover course materials, andlimited scholarships are available. For more details or to apply, go to www.masterrecycler.org or call503-545-8976.

To ensure a positive learningexperience and adequate support for volunteers, class size is limited to 30people. Applications will be received up to the deadline and then 30 peoplewill be selected by a weighted lottery.

The regional Master RecyclerProgram is administered by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning andSustainability, and sponsored by Metro, the City of Portland, Clackamas County,Washington County, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and RecyclingAdvocates.

For more information, contactSherri Dow at 503-742-4463 or by e-mail.

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