Schenectady County is looking for volunteers willing to learn about recycling and composting, and then use their new knowledge to help promote alternatives to throwing waste away.
The county’s Cornell Cooperative Extension program is planning to offer a master composter-recycler class this fall — an offering that is similar to the extension’s popular master gardener program, though more unusual to see at the county level.
While nearly every county extension office has a master gardener program to answer the public’s gardening questions, Tompkins and Broome counties are among the few other counties in the state with master recycler/composter programs.
Participants in the class would be trained in how to help spread the word about keeping trash and food waste out of landfills and how to create recycling and composting programs in their homes, communities and schools. The class will run 10 consecutive Thursdays, Aug. 31 to Oct. 27, meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a guest speaker at most of the classes, and participants will be asked to pay a onetime $45 fee.
“It will give a background in the environmental issues around recycling and composting and provide the skills to become a community educator on the issues,” said Angelina Peone, the county’s recycling and composting educator, who will lead the classes.
“I’m hoping to get around a dozen participants, and we could certainly handle more,” said Peone, who was hired in March.
The first few classes will cover recycling, and later classes will cover home composting and how to establish recycling and composting programs in schools or other…
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