Porter County Recycling District graduates first class of Master Recyclers in Indiana

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Published on May 14, 2014 with No Comments

Pictured is the first Master Recycler class. Front row, from left, are Patricia Jackson; Thomas Murphy; Kathy Sipple; Robert Wichlinski; and James Bartos. Second row: Donna Stuckert, district staff; City of Portage Council President Sue Lynch, district board chair; Gayle Tokarz; Susan Klett; Porter County Commissioner Nancy Adams, district board member; Jennie Girton; and Ken Taylor. Back row: Russ Boelcke; James Biancotti; Jane Biuckie; Randy Overbey; Robert Klett; Mary Koselke; Gloria Potter; and District Executive Director Therese Davis. Not pictured is Richard Millar.

The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County recently marked the graduation of the first class of Master Recycler interns ever in the State of Indiana.

Seventeen Porter County residents attended classes to learn about waste prevention, recycling processes, household hazardous waste and composting during an extensive eight-week session.

The class included from Valparaiso: Thomas Murphy, Kathy Sipple,  Sue and Robert Klett, Jennie Girton, Jane Biuckie, Randy Overbey, Mary Koselke, Richard Millar and Gloria Potter; from Boone Grove: Robert Wichlinski; from Portage: James Bartos; from Chesterton: Russ Boelcke and Patricia Jackson; from Hebron: Gayle Tokarz and Ken Taylor; and from Ogden Dunes: James Biancotti.

The Master Recycler class featured guest speakers and included field trips to a landfill, materials recovery facility, compost facilities and Metro Recycling. The interns must fulfill 30 hours of volunteer Payback Hours in order to receive their Master Recycler Certification.

The purpose of the program is to create a volunteer pool of knowledgeable residents who inspire others in their community to reduce waste in the home and work. Master Recycler programs are mainly found around the Pacific Northwest, with a few sprinkled around the rest of the United States.

The district is planning an evening Master Recycler class that will begin in September.  Porter County residents or those who work in Porter County can register their interest for the next class on the district’s website, www.ItMeansTheWorld.org.  For more information, call 219-465-3819.


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