WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composter Volunteers

Classes/Workshops

Please click here for a schedule of both WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composter (MRC) and Master Gardener workshops scheduled for 2023.

Lewis County Master Recycler Composters would love you to become a Superhero for the environment! They are offering the first part in their volunteer training series with a two-part workshop on Oct. 28 at the Lewis County Central Transfer Station in Centralia from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Slowing the Waste Stream with the 3 R's (Reducing, Reusing & Recycling) will cover what can and cannot be recycled in Lewis County recycling programs along with incorporating waste reduction and reuse into your every day life. This workshop starts at 9 a.m. and is followed by a tour of the transfer station. Dealing with Hazardous Waste starts at 10 a.m. and will cover proper disposal of household hazardous waste, safe storage of these chemicals in homes and garages, and how to swap chemicals out for more natural cleaners. Community members interested in these topics can plan to attend all the workshops, or they can just pop in for the specific class that interests them. Because space is limited, however, organizers do ask that you pre-register to reserve your spot by calling 360-740-1216 or emailing jason.adams@lewiscountywa.gov.

Please call 360-740-1216 or email jason.adams@lewiscountywa.gov to sign up to attend these classes in-person. During 2021, volunteers offered several on-line classes via Zoom. Those classes were recorded, and posted on YouTube. Here is a link that will take you to the recordings.

Repair & Sustainability Fairs Save the Dates for Spring 2024

Repair & Sustainability Fair: The WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composter (MRC) volunteers are planning two Repair & Sustainability Fairs in spring 2024. The first event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9 in Morton, location to be announced. The second event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at Centralia College, but exact location has yet to be determined.

Make plans to attend! Or, if you are handy at fixing broken items, contact us and lend a hand!

If you have something around your home that needs to be fixed, don't throw it out and bury it in the landfill forever. Bring it to this event. Volunteers will be on hand to do their best to make the repairs and teach you how to do it in the process. Some community members will also be on-site offering demonstrations, so you can learn and improve your knowledge as a do-it-yourselfer. Here are some examples of items you can bring to the event: Bikes; Air mattresses; Lawn Mowers; Electric items, such as lamps and fans; Clothing, curtains, and other textiles in need of minor repairs; Tools that need sharpening; Furniture

Repairs will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The fixer volunteers will try their best to help you repair the item, or give you recommendations on next steps, but there are no guarantees. Please click here for a list of FAQs about Repair & Sustainability Fairs.

Workshops are also being planned to teach you how to repair certain items or develop a proper maintenance schedule, so you can ward off repairs. Community partners will have information booths on incorporating sustainable practices into your life. There will a "Stuff Swap" table of gently used items that people can take home, and there will be kids activities.

For more information please call Jason Adams, coordinator for the WSU Lewis County MRC Program, at 360-740-1216 or email jason.adams@lewiscountywa.gov.

Become a Master Recycler Composter

The Master Recycler Composter (MRC) Volunteer Program is a collaboration between Washington State University Extension and the Lewis County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division. The MRCs are volunteers who care about the environment, Lewis County and its citizens. Please click here to read a volunteer job description. MRC Volunteers are passionate about the following topics, and enjoy:

  • Recycling and composting
  • Re-using or re-purposing items
  • Reducing food waste
  • Raising community awareness about environmental issues
  • Volunteering at special events, such as Christmas Tree Recycling

MRC volunteers are trained on how to reduce waste and increase public awareness about reducing, recycling, and composting in Lewis County. Volunteers agree to give back 25 hours of annual service and complete five hours of continuing education each year. Learn more at this link to the MRC Training Brochure. If you are interested in becoming an MRC volunteer, please fill out the membership application at this link.

Contact the WSU Lewis County Extension Office:

  • Office Address: 17 SW Cascade Ave., Chehalis, WA 98532
  • Mailing Address: Lewis County Historic County Courthouse, 351 NW North Street, Chehalis, WA 98532
  • Contact Person: Jason Adams, program coordinator
  • Phone Number: 360-740-1216
  • Email: jason.adams@lewiscountywa.gov, swu@lewiscountywa.gov

Floral Street Sustainability Park

Floral Street Sustainability Park is a project being developed by WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composter and Master Gardener volunteers. It is located at the corner of Floral Street and South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Please click here for a brochure that describes the planned development and goals for the park. Volunteers plan to host workshops and classes on waste reduction, composting, chemical-free gardening, and related topics. For more information, please call 360-740-1216 or email jason.adams@lewiscountywa.gov.