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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 7, 2014
Cori Carlton, WSU Thurston County Extension at (360) 867-2162 or CarltoC@co.thurston.wa.us

Volunteers Sought to Help Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Become a Master Recycler Composter to learn new skills and help your community

Join fellow fans of waste reduction and become a "green ambassador" for the three "R's." Thurston County trains Master Recycler Composter (MRC) volunteers with the purpose of inspiring others to reduce waste, recycle, or compost at home and work.

Over a five-week period, MRC volunteers learn how to reduce waste and increase public awareness of opportunities to prevent waste, recycle, and compost in Thurston County. Volunteers will be trained to promote the "Waste Less Food" campaign, which will help them share valuable tips to not only save time and money, but keep precious resources from going to waste. Participants will receive background and hands-on training from county and state educators. Class topics include waste prevention, recycling processes and markets, home composting, worm composting, greener buying choices, and working with the public.

Training will be held every other Tuesday evening, from September 9 through November 4. Two Saturday morning field trips are scheduled for September 27 and October 11.

Course graduates agree to give a minimum of 25 hours of yearly service as they put their new skills to use. They will work with local organizations, community members, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, or at special events encouraging waste prevention, recycling and composting. MRCs can design their own projects or work on existing ones. On-going continuing education opportunities will be provided.

Online applications are available now at www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=944816522. Applications are due August 22 by 5 p.m. and a $75 course fee will be collected at the first class to cover all training supplies and field trips. Space is limited and preference will be given to applicants who live or work within Thurston County.

For more information, go to www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org and click on "Volunteers" or contact Cori Carlton at CarltoC@co.thurston.wa.us at or call (360) 867-2162.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3