January - 2018

Hazardous waste disposal is changing. How can you dispose of your waste properly?

The downtown Flagstaff Library will no longer be accepting batteries, CDs, MP3 players, and cell phones.  Despite the elimination of this drop-off bin, the proper disposal of hazardous waste is still as convenient as ever. 

Find out how you and other residents can conveniently dispose of batteries and other hazardous wastes.

Master Recycler Winter Gathering

Many of you have been asking for another opportunity to learn, share experiences, and spend time together. As a result, we've scheduled a gathering on Thursday, January 18th, at 5:30 pm. We'll meet at our office at 101 West Cherry for the first hour to share experiences as a group, as well as listen to a couple presentations. Then we'll walk over to Charley's Pub to network and spend time together. You are welcome to come for the entire time or to either the first portion, or meet us for socializing at Charley's. 

You can find details here.

Make sure to report your hours

Even if you've completed your 30-hour commitment, we'd appreciate you continuing to report your hours so that we can measure progress of the program and improve your experience. 

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

January is a slow month for volunteer opportunities, but, as always, you are welcome to create you own. If you have an idea for getting some volunteering done, like canvassing in your neighborhood or tabling at an event, let us know and we may be able to provide materials and offer assistance.

Not sure how many hours you've completed?

We've compiled all volunteer activity into a google spreadsheet, which summarizes the various activities each Master Recycler has completed. If you scroll to the bottom, you can find the total number of hours you have completed. We'll be updating the spreadsheet at the end of each month. You can access the spreadsheet here.

Future learning opportunities 

Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: Quality Matters - Free Resources to Support Plastic Recycling Programs

Thursday, January 25th, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Register here for this FREE webinar.

As recycling programs grow and change, one key tenet stays the same: Quality Matters! With new parameters being set through market demand and new policies to reduce imported material contamination, this mantra is more important than ever. This webinar focuses on new and updated materials and tools that support overall plastic recycling and examples of implementation at the municipal level.

Related community events

Community Open House for the Flagstaff Climate Plan

Wednesday, January 24th, 5:30 - 8:00 pm at the Flagstaff Aquaplex

The City of Flagstaff is hosting an open house to provide Flagstaff residents the opportunity to learn how climate change impacts Flagstaff, rank your climate change priorities and concerns, and offer your ideas for action. Find details on the open house here.

To learn more about Flagstaff's Climate Plan, check out last month's blog post.