Fifth Class of Master Recyclers Graduates, Two Certified

Fifth-Class-of-Master-Recyclers-Graduates-Two-CertifiedThirteen residents became Porter County Master Recycler interns at a recognition event held recently by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction.

From Valparaiso, residents who completed the six-week class included: Werner Bauer; James Beversdorf, Linda Cronk, Carolyn Gring, Zoraida Johnson, Kathryn Thomas and Chriselle and Daniel Waters. Joanne Keilman and Adele Szymanski from Portage, Ewa Shannon from Crown Point, Susan Adams from Ogden Dunes, and Henry Streiffer from Beverly Shores also completed the coursework.

The new interns committed to complete 30 volunteer hours to help increase waste reduction awareness in Porter County and earn their Master Recycler Certifications. Angela Goodson, from Lake County Solid Waste Management District; and Carol Sibbrell from Valparaiso, recently become Certified Master Recyclers.

The Porter County Master Recycler program, a multi-week class sponsored by the Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction since 2014, provides a comprehensive overview of reducing waste in Porter County that includes information on the district, what to recycle, how to reduce waste, backyard and large scale composting, vermicomposting and household hazardous waste. The class features field trips to a landfill, material recovery facility, Metro Recycling, the Valparaiso compost site and Pratt Industries.

The purpose of the program is to create a volunteer pool of knowledgeable residents who inspire and educate others in their communities to reduce waste in the home and at work. Anyone who lives or works in Porter County and is interested in the spring 2017 class can register on the district's website, For more information, call 465-3819.

The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County is an agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life by providing services and educational programs which help residents reduce, reuse, and recycle.