March - 2018

The recycling landscape is changing

Many of you may have heard about China's recent policy banning the import of certain types of recyclables. The policy has disrupted international recycling markets and challenged local recycling programs throughout the U.S.

Find out what how these recent events are impacting Flagstaff and what opportunities they present.

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 is a Fix-it Clinic coming up this weekend, and we could use a couple more volunteers, either as repair coaches or assisting with the event and providing outreach. There is also a tabling opportunity at STEM Night, which is always a very fun event. Be sure to check back soon, as multiple opportunities will be added in the month of April. 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.

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: An Introduction to Lithium Batteries and the Challenges that they Pose to the Waste and Recycling Industry

Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST.

Lithium batteries are becoming more prevalent in American homes and businesses as electronic devices become smaller, more portable and more essential to our daily lives. These batteries are also new to the waste management system and present new challenges to solid waste managers and recyclers alike. This webinar will cover the basics of lithium batteries, the impacts to the waste management industry, and information on lithium battery recycling.

Register here for this FREE webinar.