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The City of Madison Streets Division is proud announce the inaugural Master Recycler Program. The program was developed in close partnership with Sustain Dane, who will be administering the courses. Sustain Dane also obtained a grant from the Carton Council to make this program available.

Individuals who sign up to become a Master Recycler will learn the intricacies of our local recycling program. You will learn not only how to be a better recycler at your home, but you will have the tools to go out and teach your family, neighbors, friends, and coworkers how to improve their recycling habits.

When will the classes take place?
There will be two opportunities to become a certified Master Recycler 2021.

Each session will meet twice virtually at the dates and times below.

Session 1
Class 1: Wednesday, April 7, 12PM—1:30PM
Class 2: Wednesday, April 14, 12PM—1:30PM

Session 2
Class 1: Tuesday, July 13, 6:30PM—8:00PM
Class 2: Tuesday, July 20, 6:30PM—8:00PM

What do I have to do to become a Master Recycler?
Certified Master Recyclers must attend both classes of a session and complete an outreach project to share your recycling knowledge with your community.

Projects can take any number of forms. It could be guiding a recycling information meeting with your colleagues, or completing a project like setting up a recycling info station at your apartment, or other innovative ideas on how to help spread information on how to recycle more and recycle right.

Certified Master Recyclers and their projects will be recognized at Sustain Dane's annual Summit.

Is there a fee to attend a session?
The Sustain Dane tuition to become a Master Recycler is $15. If you are a Sustain Dane member or partner, your registration will be complementary. Full or partial scholarships are available from Sustain Dane.

Where to sign up?
You can register to become a Master Recycler at the Sustain Dane website.

More Information
Additional information about Sustain Dane can be found at their website,

Additional information about the City of Madison’s recycling program can be found at