BECOME A MASTER COMPOSTER RECYCLER

Program Requirements

To complete the Master Composter Recycler (MCR) certification program, there are two program requirements: class attendance and completing volunteer hours. Community members must attend 7 of 8 classes and complete 25 volunteer hours within a year of completing the program to become certified Master Composter Recyclers.

This program will meet weekly on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm for 8 weeks at the Environmental Services Bureau located on 2929 East Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90806. Classes will be taught through lectures, hands-on activities, games, interactive discussions, and optional field trips (when available). The Fall 2022 Program will begin Saturday, September 24th through Saturday, November 5th from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. An additional reunion class will be scheduled prior to the end of the year.

Applications for the Fall 2022 Program are now being accepted until Sunday, September 11, 2022. Space is limited and community members will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants will be notified and placed on a waitlist if the Fall 2022 Program reaches capacity. There is no guarantee that a space will become available while on the waitlist. Space is limited. Apply now! 

For any questions, please email mastercomposterrecycler@longbeach.gov or call (562) 570-2869. 

 



 
  • Fall 2022 Class Schedule

    Week 

    Date 

    Topic 

    1

    9/24 

    Program Overview and an Introduction to Waste ReductionRecycling, and Composting 
    Learn program objectives, volunteer requirements, and an introduction to the topics you will be learning about.

    2

    10/1 

    Let’s Talk Recycling! 
    What can and cannot be recycled and why? Learn the laws and policies that shape our recycling industry. 

    3 

    10/8 

    HHW and E-Waste, Food Waste Prevention, and Introduction to Backyard Composting 
    Learn how to safely dispose of items that are too toxic to trash, ways to prevent food waste at home, and the basics of backyard composting.  

    4 

    10/15 

    Vermicomposting and the Science of Soil and Composting 
    Continue learning the basics of composting and vermicomposting and take a closer look at soil composition and how compost can benefit it. 

    5 

    10/22 

    Troubleshooting, Harvesting, and Using Your Compost 
    Learn how to address common issues people may encounter while composting and how to solve them using simple troubleshooting techniques as well as how to harvest and prepare compost for use. 

    6

    10/29 

    Engaging the Public 
    Inspire the public and share your knowledge! Develop skills to connect with local community leaders and local organizations.  

    7

    11/5 

    Student Presentations 
    Share what you have learned with your classmates. Students will share 2-5 minute presentations with the class. 

    8

    TBD 

    Class Reunion
    Review all class topics and address any questions. Share your challenges and successes while on your composting journey. Share ideas for volunteering or current volunteer experiences with your classmates.