VALPARAISO | County officials are looking for people committed to recycling and composting to help inspire others to do the same through a new program.
The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County is seeking people who live or work in Porter County to participate in the new Master Recycler/Composter Program.
Participants will learn about waste prevention, recycling, and composting during an eight-week training session.
The program will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 5 through March 26, in the meeting room at the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, 2755 Ind. 49, Valparaiso.
The course will feature guest speakers and field trips.
Topics will include waste prevention, recycling processes, household hazardous waste and alternatives, organics recycling and home composting.
“Reducing the waste that goes into our landfills is much more than placing glass jars, plastics containers, aluminum cans and paper products at the curb,” said Therese Davis, executive director of the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County, in a written statement. “By paying attention to what we do every day and rethinking our routines, we can further reduce waste and make a difference.”
Registration is available on the District’s website, www.ItMeansTheWorld.org.
The cost is $30, which covers the cost of course materials. It is due upon acceptance into the program. Participants are asked to commit to 30 hours of volunteer time to educate the community in ways reduce waste at home and work.
“Volunteer work can include helping out at the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration, teaching a local community group how to incorporate recycling at their special event, educating residents in an apartment or condo complex about recycling opportunities, working booths at special events and more,” Davis said. “We’re open to other great ideas they have about inspiring others to become knowledgeable about waste reduction.”
The class is limited to 30 participants. Applicants that apply after the class is full will be placed on a waiting list and notified when the next course is scheduled.
For more information, visit www.ItMeansTheWorld.org or call (219) 465-3819.