September - 2019

Flagstaff has a new Materials Management Coordinator!

For the past year, the Master Recycler Program has been lacking a permanent staff coordinator from the City’s Sustainability Section. Those days have finally come to an end and we are excited to announce that on Monday, September 9th, Emily Shaffer will be the City’s new Materials Management Coordinator! Going forward, she will be your new point of contact for all things related to Master Recycler. To get to know her, I’ve included a short bio and photo from Emily below:

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“Hello! I moved to Flagstaff with my dog, Nana, in 2015 to start my Master's in Communication Studies at NAU. There I met my partner who is now getting his Master's degree at NAU. I am so happy to be able to live in this beautiful town while I pursue my PhD at Prescott College in Sustainability Education. I also teach at CCC and spend my free time outside with my family playing disc golf and exploring the natural beauty of Flagstaff. I am really excited to move forward in this new position and look forward to meeting you all! This picture is of my partner and I in Yosemite National Park, where we spent the summer volunteering for the National Parks Service as campground hosts.”

Emily’s contact info: and 928-213-2151

Get-to-know-Emily Potluck

In order to get to know Emily a bit better, we’ve scheduled a Master Recycler Potluck for Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019, from 5 - 6:30 pm. We also haven’t had a gathering in a while, so we’ll use the opportunity to provide some other updates on recycling in Flagstaff.

We’ll plan to meet at the Thorpe Park Ramada, located near the Joe C. Montoya Senior Center. If you can make please RSVP by emailing Dylan at

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 are multiple volunteer opportunities over the next couple months. In addition to doing recycling outreach at the Sunday Farmer’s Market, there are a couple of speaking opportunities. The first one coming up is a Worm Composting Workshop on September 25th. If you have a worm compost bin of your own and want to spread the word to others, that is a great opportunity. We are happy to support in whatever way you need.

Also, next month, there is a ladies group that meets in Flagstaff and is interested in a refresher on recycling. It should be a pretty low-key opportunity to share your recycling knowledge.

If any those opportunities sound interesting to you, click on the event in the calendar below and find a contact. As always, you are more than welcome to come up with volunteer opportunities of your own and we are happy to provide whatever support you need to do so.

Volunteer Appreciations

First off, you all have been doing incredible work this summer. So many of you have been putting countless hours in as you help with various projects and provide outreach all over town. We’ve had multiple Master Recyclers reach their 30-hour commitment and another surpass 100 hours! You guys are amazing!

Annie Bachmayer has been providing tons of recycling outreach all over Flagstaff this summer. If you’ve been to the Farmer’s Market this summer, you’ve probably seen her at the recycling table educating Flagstaff residents and visitors. Great work, Annie!

Lee Haferkamp is the first member of the 3rd Master Recycler class to reach 100 volunteer hours. Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Killip Elementary, Lee helped coordinate the schools “Evergreens” Club. In addition to providing recycling outreach to the group, she also help plan projects and help students carry out their goals.

Tyler Linner is also from the 3rd Master Recycler class and has been very busy this Summer. In addition to winning the City’s Innovate Waste Challenge for his Praxis Plastic business, he has also been spending time providing outreach at the Community Market every Sunday.

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.