Master Recycler/Composters

Welcome to the Carver-Scott Master Recycler/Composter (MRC) program! As an MRC, you will play an important role in preventing and reducing waste, increasing recycling, conserving resources and minimizing the impacts of climate change in Carver and Scott Counties.

The MRC program consists of two stages: formal training and public outreach. Each volunteer will receive approximately 30 hours of formal instruction and will volunteer at least 30 hours doing outreach in the community.

The impact and success of our program depends on your outreach efforts. Both Carver and Scott Counties have made significant progress in the years since recycling was introduced, but our work is far from done. The State of Minnesota has set a new recycling target of 75 percent by 2030. The public outreach that Master Recycler/Composter volunteers provide will be an important component of reaching this goal.

Report Hours

Tracking volunteer outreach time is a vital part of the Master Recycler/Composter program. It helps County staff know your activities and provides an official record of progress toward your 30-hour volunteer time commitment. This information also helps the counties track the work and recognize the benefits of the Master Recycler/Composter program.

Please remember to report your hours regularly. To report your volunteer hours, complete the online form on the website.


County staff will provide many outreach opportunities for which you can sign up, or you can create your own projects with prior approval. We also count on you to let us know about upcoming events where Master Recycler/Composters could help spread the word about recycling, waste prevention and reduction, composting and more.  View current payback opportunities, as well as MRC program classes and tours, on the Carver-Scott Master Recycler/Composter calendar.

Training Manual

The manual is provided to supplement class content, reinforce key messages, and supply resources for outreach and education. Each week, you should pre-read the chapter or chapters that will be discussed in the next class.

Once you’ve completed the course, your manual will be your reference tool to help you develop outreach and education projects. Whether you staff an information table, give a presentation, or work on a personal project, your manual supplies key messages and facts, common vocabulary used in the field, and information on the resources available to you.

Samples of Carver County and Scott County factsheets, brochures and handouts are included as part of your training materials.

New editions that are revised and updated for each class will be available through the Master Recycler/Composter website.

Class Presentations

PowerPoint presentations, presented to the class by industry experts, will be uploaded in PDF form weekly.  Download to use for your own presentations.