Why are some materials recyclable at the curb and others aren’t? When waste haulers take trash and recyclables away, what happens to those materials?

Get answers to these questions by participating in the next Porter County Master Recycler class. The comprehensive, six-week program, sponsored by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction, is scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 17, at the Greg Phillips Emergency Services Building, 1995 S. Ind. 2.

The course is open to adults who live or work in Porter County, and it will feature guest speakers and field trips that will help students gain environmental knowledge beyond their curbside recycling totes. Participants will learn about waste flow processes, recycling, household hazardous waste, landfills, vermicomposting and backyard composting.

Students will meet others that have similar waste reduction and environmental interests. As a bonus, students in this class will receive a rain barrel. The Thursday field trips are scheduled during the daytime and are optional.

Anyone interested can check out the syllabus and apply online at www.PorterCountyRecycling.org. A fee of $30 will help defray the cost of course materials and transportation. Class participants commit to 30 hours of volunteer time to educate and inspire others in their community to reduce waste in the home and at work.

The program is limited to 30 participants. Visit www.PorterCountyRecycling.org or call 219-465-3819.

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