Dakota County Environmental Resources

Master Recycler/Composter Program - 10.6 - 11.10: Master Recycler/Composter Classes

General Description

Learn about recycling, hazardous waste, composting and more from regional experts and discover ways to inspire others to reduce waste at this 6-week course. Optional field trips included. Participants receive a training handbook, engage in hands-on demonstrations, hear presentations from local and regional experts, and go on field trips to relevant sites.


Graduates agree to volunteer 30 hours putting their skills to work to help others learn the three Rs:


  • Reduce the amount of natural resources used
  • Reuse goods
  • Recycle what cannot be salvaged


Graduates have the opportunity to staff informational booths at community events, make presentations, and work on special projects in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.


Upcoming Classes

Wednesdays, Oct. 6–Nov. 10
6:30–8:30 p.m.

Location: Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley 


$30 fee covers course materials and field trip transportation. Scholarships available upon request.


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties will vary with each volunteer activity. Overall, every Master Recycler represents Dakota County and should show up on time and leave when expected; be courteous and helpful; and, follow-up with event coordinators if needed. 


Minimum Qualifications 

  • You must be 18 or over to complete the class
  • Participants must complete the 6-week Master Recycler/Composter class before volunteering
  • The program extends over a 6-week period with one mandatory 3-hour class each week


Minimum Time Commitment

  • 18 + hours of coursework
  • 30 hours after course is completed 


Registration Deadline

To ensure a positive learning experience and adequate support for volunteers, class size is limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. All applicants will receive notification of their status in the class and next steps.


Contact Information

Jenny Kedward

Environmental Resources Department

Phone: 952-891-7043

Email: Jennifer.kedward@co.dakota.mn.us



Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes

Schedule Summary

This activity occurs between Wednesday, October 06, 2021 and Wednesday, November 10, 2021