Portage resident Andrea Recktenwall recently completed her coursework in the Master Recycler Program, offered by the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County.
Recktenwall was one of 17 graduates who became Master Recycler Interns by attending classes featuring guest speakers that teach about waste prevention, recycling processes, household hazardous waste, and composting during a comprehensive eight-week session.
As an intern, she must fulfill 30 volunteer Payback Hours in order to receive her Master Recycler certification.
The purpose of the program is to create a volunteer pool of knowledgeable residents who inspire and educate others in their community to reduce waste in the home and at work. Master Recycler programs originated in the Pacific Northwest, with a few sprinkled around the rest of the United States.
"The program provides a comprehensive approach to waste reduction in Porter County," said Donna Stuckert, public education coordinator. "It's great for anyone who is interested in learning how to make a difference in the environment and who wants to help others learn more."
Anyone who lives or works in Porter County can register his interest for the next class on the district's website, www.ItMeansTheWorld.org. For more information, call 465-3819.
The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is a government agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life for Porter County residents by providing convenient, voluntary waste reduction services.