Master Recycler Composters

Washington State University -- Lewis County Extension Master Recycler Composter Program

The Master Recycler Composter Volunteer Program is a collaboration between WSU and Lewis County.


The Master Recycler Composter training program takes place year round. More information can be found here.

Goals of the program

The goals of the program is to train team volunteers to do the following:

  • Work to help the general public learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle solid waste.
  • Provide information on a variety of recycling and composting options.
  • Assist the public with information and demonstrate techniques which encourage individual responsibility for waste reduction.

Primary responsibilities of a Master recycler composter

A master recycler composter has two primary responsibilities:

  • Assist with a composting or recycling demonstration site.
  • Provide public outreach at various community festivals, public activities, and educational forums.

Additional activities of a master recycler composter

Master recycler composters may be called upon to do the following:

  • Assist in preparing and staffing exhibits, displays, and demonstration sites.
  • Serve as a recycling or composting educator and resource person in the community.
  • Assist in planning, coordinating, and providing publicity for classes, workshops, and demonstrations.
  • Market and promote the educational resources of WSU Extension and Lewis County Solid Waste Services.
  • Teach home composting, waste reduction, and recycling classes.

How to become a master recycler composter

Request an application packet from the WSU Lewis County Extension Office Mon-Fri 9:00 A.M. to 4 P.M. and register for the program.

Who conducts the master recycler composter training

The training is conducted by WSU extension faculty, Solid Waste Services staff, and trained Master Recycler Composter volunteers.

Master Recycler Composter Class Topics

The classroom training covers the following topics:

  • Overview of the solid waste problem in Lewis County.
  • Tour of Central Transfer Station and Hazo Hut in Centralia.
  • Recycling yard and kitchen waste.
  • Hand-on construction of a compost pile and worm bin.
  • Tour a commercial composting facility.
  • Overview of Household hazardous materials.
  • Safer alternatives to home and garden chemicals.
  • How garden chemicals and fertilizers impact surface and ground water.
  • Tour Centralia Waste Water Treatment plant and demonstration Garden.
  • How to target your audience.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Educational tools and resources available for teaching recycling, composting and water quality.

Additional training is provided continually to further develop the volunteers knowledge and skills. Here are some additional trainings:

  • Field trips to observe recycling and composting activities in other counties and cities.
  • Educational speakers at monthly meetings.
  • Seminars and courses offered by WSU, or other accredited organizations.

For more information

Contact the Extension Office