November - 2018

City Council Considering an Increase in Solid Waste Fees

On November 20th, City Council will consider adopting a new solid waste rate structure that will increase the amount that residents, businesses, property managers, and waste haulers pay for solid waste disposal and recycling services.

The rates for Solid Waste services have not been adjusted in over 10 years and a number of projects, goals, and initiatives make it necessary to raise rates. Major Programs that would receive adequate funding as a result of the rate increase include the Rethink Waste Plan and a landfill gas-capture system.

You can read more about the proposal and how to participate in the process here 

Upcoming Materials Management Webinar

Do package labels such as “recyclable” or “compostable” affect consumer choices? Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality commissioned a study to determine the effects of popular material attribute labels. They will be reporting on their findings and having a discussion on the environmental impacts of these types of product labels. You are invited to participate in the webinar which takes place November 29th from 10-11:30am. You can register here:

2019 Master Recycler Course Registration is Now Open

The next Master Recycler course is scheduled for February 7th to April 4th, 2019. The course is limited to 30 participants and registration is now open. Please spread the word and encourage others to apply. Course information and registration are available 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 the progress of the program and improve your experience

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

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There a few different opportunities to volunteer this month. In addition to discard library book recycling, there are presentations scheduled for the Flagstaff Fire Department to update their staff on the Rethink Waste Plan and promote the upcoming Master Recycler course. We're also starting a new partnership with local Christmas Tree vendors. We will be providing an ornament with Albert the Squirrel and instructions on how to properly recycle their trees. Dates and locations are still being worked out, check back here for updated information. If you’re interested or have questions please contact Felix at Just click on the volunteer opportunity you are interested in for contact info. Be sure to keep checking back, as we continue to add volunteer opportunities.

As always, feel free to create your own opportunities and let us know if we can help you by providing outreach materials, helping create presentations, or in any other way.

Volunteer Appreciations

A sincere thank you to all the amazing volunteers. Your efforts are making our community a better place to live.

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.