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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 4, 2006
Mark Koster, volunteer coordinator, Thurston County Solid Waste, (360) 754-3355 ext. 6785

Thurston County seeks “Master Recycler” volunteers

OLYMPIA – Thurston County is seeking volunteers to help spread the word about the benefits of waste reduction, reuse and recycling.

The county will train each "Master Recycler" volunteer how to become a community resource on solid waste issues, such as waste reduction, recycling and composting.

In exchange for 18 hours of free training, participants agree to spend 36 hours during the following year working as community volunteers. Master Recyclers can participate in a wide range of county waste reduction activities, or work in their own neighborhoods, schools or offices to encourage waste reduction and recycling.

The spring course will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 1, March 8, March 17 and March 22. The classes will be held at the Thurston County Courthouse complex in Olympia . 

The group also will meet from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, March 4 and March 18, for field trips to a local recycler, compost demonstration garden, and the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center . To become a Master Recycler, volunteers must attend all six sessions.

The course qualifies for 18 hours of continuing education credits for teachers.

Class size is limited to 20. To reserve space in the program, contact Mark Koster at (360) 754-4111 ext. 6785. TDD call 754-2933. More information is available at www.co.thurston.wa.us/wwm.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3