Valpo Resident Earns Master Recycler Certification

Valpo Resident Earns Master Recycler Certification

Nora Sasse received her certificate and badge to become the newest Porter County Certified Master Recycler.

The Valparaiso resident was recognized at the recent Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction board meeting. She completed 30 volunteer hours, thereby fulfilling all requirements of the Porter County Master Recycler Program, sponsored by the district.

Sasse fulfilled her educational requirement by attending classes, featuring experts who talked about recycling processes, landfills, household hazardous waste, vermicomposting, backyard composting, and more. The program also included field trips.

"Nora is the 20th person to complete all of the program requirements since the program began in 2014,” said Donna Stuckert, district public education coordinator. "She played an important role in this agency’s educational goals by volunteering at events to help educate others about waste reduction.”

The purpose of the Porter County Master Recycler Program is to create a volunteer pool of knowledgeable residents who help to educate and inspire others in the community to reduce waste at home and work. Master Recycler Programs originated in the Pacific Northwest, and many have sprouted up throughout the United States.

The next Master Recycler class is anticipated this spring in Valparaiso. Anyone who lives or works in Porter County can express interest for the next class 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.