April - 2019

April is Events Month!

April is here and we have lots of events scheduled that we need your help with. Looking at our event calendar for the next 2 months, you’ll find lots of opportunities to volunteer. These events run the gamut from assisting kids, to tabling, and educating residents on proper disposal methods of different materials. Not all events occur on weekends either so if you look, you should be able to find a volunteer opportunity that works for your schedule.

April 16th-Youth Climate Summit

The 2nd Annual Youth Climate Summit is being held on April 16th at the Arboretum. The Sustainability Section is hosting the event with The Arboretum and Willow Bend. The Summit will feature KidWind, Climate Action, and Solar Structure Challenges, along with a Sustainability Expo.

We have a volunteer opportunity for Master Recyclers to host the Waste Wheel game and inform kids and parents alike on updated recycling policies. You can also take time to check out all the cool activities the kids are doing.

You can find out more about the event here: https://www.flagstaff.az.gov/3780/Flagstaff-Youth-Climate-Summit

Please RSVP to Felix at fparham@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2151

April 17th-Brownies And Bins

The Hub has finally implemented a recycling program for their residents and is hosting an event to educate them on the proper procedures related to recycling in Flagstaff. We will be assisting Erika Bert, an NAU Honors Student who spearheaded the effort to implement this program, by handing out signage and educating residents about proper sorting of recyclable materials. Please contact Felix at fparham@flagstaffaz.gov or (928) 213-2151 if you’d like to participate.

April 20th-Earth Day

There are multiple ways to get involved in this year's Earth Day festivities. There will be a community cleanup that starts at 9 AM and Master Recyclers have participated in the past by educating fellow volunteers about which items can be collected for recycling. 

The actual Earth Day Celebration will start at 11 AM. Master Recyclers will have a table that can be used to provide recycling outreach, educate residents about food waste, or any other activities you have in mind. Depending on how many people are interested, we may have to break the time down into smaller slots, so more people can get a chance to get some hours in. 

If interested, please contact Felix Parham, fparham@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2151.

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April 26th-Earth Jam at NAU

Earth Jam is the largest Earth Day celebration organized by the NAU Office of Sustainability and Green Jacks to celebrate the Earth and environmental sustainability while getting some sunshine. The purpose of this event is to spread positivity about environmental sustainability, promote campus engagement, and network with students and organizations on campus and in the Flagstaff community.

At Earth Jam, we plan to have a variety of interactive and informative activities, local student bands playing music, artists displaying art, yoga, slack-lining lessons, dancing, rock wall climbing, and so much more.

If you are interested in hosting a Master Recycler table, please contact Dylan at dlenzen@flagstaffaz.gov or (928) 213-2158 and we can register as a participant and provide outreach materials.

April 27th-Drop-Off Day

Drop-off day is a collection event where Flagstaff residents can properly dispose of hazardous/e-waste, tires, prescription medications and medical sharps, and sensitive documents for shredding.

As a volunteer, you will greet attendees and guide them to the proper collection station as well as provide some quick recycling outreach. 

Contact: Dylan Lenzen, dlenzen@flagstaffaz.gov, 928-213-2158.

May 4th-SOP Drop-Off Day

Sorted Office Paper (SOP) is the highest grade paper commodity sold on the recycling markets. It typically sells for approximately $200/ton compared to mixed paper at approximately $30/ton. SOP is classified as white, office-type paper but can also include shredded paper, most mail and window envelopes, and book pages.

We’re organizing a drop-off day event to try and encourage people to bring this type of paper to the MRF. We need Master Recyclers to help sort the material and be sure that we don’t contaminate the load with lower-grade paper. We will also have the book binding cutter on hand to properly dispose of any books people bring.

This will be a monthly event, scheduled for the first Saturday of every month at the MRF. Please RSVP Dylan at dlenzen@flagstaffaz.gov or 213-2151 if you’d like to participate or have any questions.

Congratulations to the 2019 Master recycler class

A sincere thank you to all of this years participants and speakers! The course was lots of fun and very informative for everyone involved. We had many great discussions and some challenging questions for our presenters. We introduced two new field excursions this year, a tour of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and the NAU Compost Facility. These were both a big hit and helped inform our participants to some of the great waste diversion programs happening in our community. We welcome all kinds of constructive feedback so please let us know how we can improve the course.

connecting interested volunteers

We’re working on making it easier for Master Recyclers to share ideas, ask questions, and team up for volunteering. We’ve enabled the ability to leave comments on the newsletter and on specific volunteer events. The idea being that folks can reach out to the whole Master Recycler community instead of always having to channel it through the coordinator. Please give it a try and let us know how it works.

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 lots of different opportunities to volunteer this month. Many of them are highlighted above but we have more becoming available all the time. One of them is the new SOP (Sorted Office Paper) Drop-Off Day event organized by Ward Davis. We’re looking for interested volunteers to reach out to businesses and organizations to see if we can collect more of this valuable material that is losing most of its value when deposited in our mixed recycling bins. Find more information on the volunteer calendar. Cart Inspections and Tagging are still coming. We’ve been working diligently on getting our data collection system ready to go and we’re very exited to share this image of the Collector App. It’s very simple to use on a smartphone or tablet, records all relevant information, and is very easy to track changes, see improvements, and leave feedback. We’re planning on launching this project sometime in May and will offer training sessions to learn how to use it.

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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 second centurion

Margie Goulden has become the second Flagstaff Master Recycler to surpass 100 hours of time volunteered! Wow, way to go Margie! She’s accomplished this remarkable feat by volunteering for many different types of projects, everything from Earth Day clean-ups, Food Waste Collection at local schools, Fix-It Clinics, to pre-hanging wire on cart tags saving people from freezing their fingers. Thanks for all you do Margie, you’re a true community hero.

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.