May - 2018

Master recycler gathering/potluck

The next gathering is been scheduled for Thursday, May 24th at 5:30 pm at Foxglenn Park. We have multiple important updates for you all on state of recycling in Flagstaff. We will also take the opportunity to help connect those of you interested doing similar self-driven projects. 

Please RSVP by emailing We realize this can be a popular vacation time, so if we don't get significant interest, we may push this back until June.

Interested in becoming a worm composting expert?

We regularly get requests to offer worm composting presentations to various community groups and we'd like to share those opportunity to present with you all. We realize that many of you may be novice worm composters, so we'd be happy to provide assistance in getting you started. We'll even provide a worm bin (with worms and soil).

If you're interested in giving worm composting a try and give presentations on the topic in the future, email McKenzie at

Outreach kits and materials are available

A new page was added to the website to display some of the materials available for your use. So, if you're planning on tabling at an event, canvassing in your neighborhood, or giving a presentation somewhere, give this page a look to find useful outreach materials and kits. 

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

We have a few different opportunities to volunteer this month. We have are kicking off a recycling outreach pilot and would appreciate your help in conducting some door-to-door outreach. To learn more about an opportunity, just click on an individual event on the calendar. We'll continue to add new opportunities in May, so be sure to check back every now and then.

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: Business Innovations in Reducing Food Loss and Waste 

Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT.

Register here for this FREE webinar.

educing food loss and waste is an important issue in the U.S. and around the world. In support of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which establishes a target to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030, the G7 countries have committed to facilitate the exchange of best practices and lessons learned in reducing food waste as part of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency. EPA is kicking off the U.S. contribution to this effort with a webinar highlighting the actions of three United States Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions that are leading the way in helping the U.S. reach its 50% food loss and waste reduction goal. Speakers from each company will share best practices, tools, and resources they have created to prevent food from going to waste, and will address how shifts in company culture have changed operations as well as the critical role measurement of food waste plays in achieving their goals.