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.
County residents attended classes to learn about waste prevention, recycling
processes, household hazardous waste, and composting during an extensive
The class included,
from Chesterton: Russ Boelcke and Patricia Jackson; 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 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 class provides
a comprehensive approach to waste reduction in Porter County,” said Donna
Stuckert, public education coordinator. “It’s great for anyone who is
interested in learning how they can make a difference in the environment and
who wants to help others to learn more.”
The district is
planning an evening Master Recycler class that will begin in September,
details to be announced. Porter County residents or those who work in Porter
County can register their interest for the next class on the district’s