Master Recycler Training Handbook

For your reference, you can find the handbook used during the class below. The handbook is a continuously evolving document and we will announce when new content is added or significant changes are made. 

The content was adapted from Portland's Training Handbook and the many experts providing content are recognized in each chapter for their contribution. Thank you to Portland for allowing us to repurpose your amazing work!


Handbook By Chapter

Section 1: Systems

Materials Management

Climate and Materials

Sustainable Consumption

Equity and Materials


Recovery Markets

Behavior Change Theory

Section 2: Our Lives

Curbside and Beyond

Materials at Work

Resourceful Living

Section 3: Special Considerations



Section 4: Master Recycler Volunteers

The Commitment

Tabling and Presentations

Materials Management at Events