MCRs in the Community - Apply to be a Master Composter Recycler

Want to make Edmonton a more sustainable city?
Volunteer as a Master Composter Recycler!

MCRs are community advocates for waste reduction. They encourage friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers to take specific actions that reduce waste.

This is a "learn and serve" volunteer program. It includes both training and volunteering in the community.

  • Complete 30 hours of free training
  • Learn about carts, recycling, reuse, home composting, and how to reduce waste
  • Meet other green-minded Edmontonians
  • Volunteer 25 hours within one year
  • Inspire others to reduce waste

Apply by midnight on January 20, 2022. Check out the 2022 Training schedule.

Who should apply?
MCRs are skilled volunteers. They help friends, family, neighbours, and coworkers to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost.

Successful MCRs are:

  • Passionate about waste reduction and sustainability
  • Engaged in the community (they make and maintain community connections)
  • Reliable volunteers who take initiative
  • Inspire others to make personal changes

Eligibility Requirements

  • Will volunteer at least 25 hours within one year of training
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Resident of Edmonton
  • Able to attend all training dates (for example, 2022 training schedule)
  • Competent in English & basic computer skills (e.g. email & internet)
  • Note: A Police Information Check may be required for this role.

What is involved with the training?
The MCR program is a "learn and serve" volunteer program. It includes both training and volunteer experience. 2022 Training Schedule

Volunteers complete 30 hours of training over 8 classes, from March to May. There is one follow-up class in June. Training includes classroom sessions, virtual classes, facility tours, and hands-on activities.

This training covers all about waste in Edmonton, Edmonton's waste system, and how to effectively encourage others to sustainable waste habits.

How do MCRs volunteer?

MCRs are self-directed volunteers. They complete at least 25 hours of volunteering within one year of their training.

There are many different volunteer activities to fit the skills, interests, and availability of each volunteer. These activities always involve encouraging Edmontonians to reduce waste:

  • Chat with a neighbour about Eco Stations
  • Post about recycling on social media
  • Show a friend what should be recycled
  • Host a display at a community event
  • Write an article for a newsletter
  • Start worm composting at work
  • Organize a discussion with coworkers