December - 2018

Help us communicate what plastics can be recycled

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As you are all aware, plastics recycling has changed dramatically in Flagstaff due to China’s National Sword policy banning imports of our heavily contaminated recyclable materials. We’ve created a new cart tag with the updated information and need your help getting them out to the public. Dylan and Felix are planning on hitting select neighborhoods Tuesday and Wednesday mornings during the weeks of 12/10 and 12/17. Feel free to join us if you’d like to see how it’s done or come by the Sustainability Office and we can set you up with all the materials you need if you’d like to do it on your own.

Find out more about these outreach efforts and how you can get involved.

Treecycling in Flagstaff

Holiday season is in full swing and Albert has been hard at work getting the word out on how to properly dispose of fresh-cut Christmas Trees. He was recently spotted at Allen’s Tree Sales handing out Treecycle ornaments and informing people of the curbside pick-up and community drop-off options for Treecycling. The ornaments are being distributed with fresh-cut trees sold at Allen’s Tree Sales, Warner’s Nursery, Flagstaff Farmers Market, and Home Depot. Recycle By City also offers a collection reminder so you don’t forget. Please help spread the word!

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.

Master Recycler Happy Hour

Join us for the next Master Recycler gathering on January 10th, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm at Charley’s Pub & Grill. Due to the winter conditions we felt a cozy pub was preferable to a park ramada. Feel free to bring your family along. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by emailing Felix at

We'll update you on a few changes to programming in the upcoming 2019 course and our recent work, but if you have specific topics that you'd like us to discuss while we're together, please let us know.  

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

There a few different opportunities to volunteer this month. Primarily we’re focusing on the cart tagging project described above and on the blog. This will be a shakedown opportunity to work out the kinks of our larger scale cart inspection and tagging 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

Congratulations to our newly certified Master Recyclers!

J Downey, Tom Andracke, and Ward Davis have all surpassed their 30 hour commitment. A sincere thank you to these 3 for giving back to the community through volunteering at community events such as Earth Day, Drop-Off Day, Flagstaff Festival of Science, Fix-It Clinics, and the recent Library Book Discard Project. Their combined efforts have directly reached 680 individuals, now that’s making a difference!

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.