January - 2019

Updated Plastics Information

We are continuing our efforts to get the new plastics recycling information out to the public and have a great new way to share it. One of our Master Recyclers, Amanda Kapp worked hard to produce a humorous, yet truly informational video that describes the changes to plastics recycling here in Flagstaff and what is acceptable in your curbside bins. Be sure to take a look and share it with others, you won’t be disappointed!

Cart tagging efforts are continuing throughout the City this month

A big thank you to all of you who have volunteered on those chilly mornings to hang our new plastics recycling tags on garbage and recycling carts. We’ve already distributed over 1,000 tags within our community! We are continuing our efforts this month so be sure to check the volunteer calendar if you’d like to join us. Feel free to stop by the Sustainability office if you’d like to pick up materials to hang tags in your neighborhood too.

Treecycling Season

Now that the holidays have passed, it’s time for all those Christmas Trees to be disposed of. Please help spread the word about the Treecycling program the City is offering. Residents who have bulky trash service can place their trees curbside by 6am on January 7th for pick-up during the week until January 11th. Drop-off locations are also available for residents without curbside service. Two drop-off locations are available 24/7 until January 18th:

1) The old Public Works Yard, 419 N. Mogollon St.

2) Continental Little League Field, 5700 E. Old Walnut Canyon Rd.

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2019 Master Recycler Course

The 2019 Master Recycler course is set to get underway next month. We’re very excited to meet and train the next cohort of Master Recyclers. We still have a few openings left so be sure to spread the word and encourage others to apply. Course information and registration are available here.

For the 2019 course, we are offering optional Saturday field trips to the Cinder Lake Landfill and Hazardous Products Center, as well as the NAU Food Recovery and Compost Program. Any former students are welcome to attend. You can find the course schedule here. Please RSVP to Felix at fparham@flagstaffaz.gov if you’d like to join us.

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the course, we’d like to offer an invitation to former students to speak to the new class about volunteering. This can often be a source of confusion and we’d appreciate your help in passing along your knowledge and experience to the new students about tabling, volunteering at events, and implementing your own programs. We will have time set aside during the final class, scheduled for April 4th for you to speak. Please RSVP to Felix at fparham@flagstaffaz.gov if you’d like to participate.

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 fparham@flagstaffaz.gov.

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 fparham@flagstaffaz.gov. 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 Recycler!

Angela Fritz has not only surpassed her 30 hour commitment, she blew right past that and became the first Master Recycler Centurion with over 100 hours! Angela has implemented a Sustainability Club at the Mountain Charter School, this includes Recycling Representatives within the 4th and 5th grade who take the lead on the school’s recycling program. Way to go Angela! Thanks for all your efforts at passing along such valuable stewardship opportunities.

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.