“Recycling 101”to help Oregonians learn basics of recycling, save money


CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregonians who want to positively impact their community’s environment can now enroll in Recycling 101, an innovative, noncredit, online recycling education course.

Oregon State University will offer Recycling 101 through its Professional and Noncredit Education program, drawing on research-based best practices, case studies and multimedia to explore the life cycle of recyclables, hazardous waste and compostables. The interactive course is self-paced and allows participants to connect with leaders in community waste reduction efforts.

Participants will learn how to reduce waste in their home and workplace, and the course will also profile small local businesses that have applied recycling best practices and significantly reduced costs and environmental impact.

There is a $75 fee for individuals to take the course, and people in groups of five or more can pay $50 each.

Recycling 101 is modeled after the successful Master Recycler program, found in eight Oregon communities. About 2,500 Oregonians have completed that program and later contributed more than 42,000 hours of volunteer outreach in their communities.

Dozens of private, nonprofit and governmental organizations throughout Oregon contributed financial and curriculum support to develop Recycling 101. Registration is now open, and the course begins in January.