Thank you for committing to helping others in Dakota County reduce waste and recycle more.
Master Recycler/Composters help educate the public about waste prevention, recycling and composting. Choose an independent project and/or attend opportunities that you hear about through the program to complete your 30 hours of payback.
Payback activities must:
- Be located in Dakota County unless otherwise approved by program coordinator
- Implement a system or program that diverts materials from the waste stream
provide one-on-one education to residents or businesses
Tracking volunteer time provides an official record of progress toward your 30-hour volunteer time commitment and helps us recognize the benefits of the Master Recycler/Composter program.
Report hours through the Dakota County
Volunteer Management System. You can also track your hours to-date in your profile .
Report your hours
Learn How to Add Your Hours
Garrett Zaffke with any issues with the online system.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Contact the person listed to volunteer or sign-up online if that is an option. We value your safety. Please do not volunteer in person if it makes you uncomfortable or if you think you are sick. You will receive specific safety instructions for each event.
Hastings Pumpkin Drop-off – Nov. 7-8, 9–11 a.m.
Staff a booth to educate about organics recycling and help unload pumpkins.
Paige Marschall, 651-280-6182
Political sign collection – tentatively Nov. 9–27
Sort yard signs into components and possibly delivery to central site.
Jenny Kedward, 952-891-7043
Fix-It Clinic – virtual
Nov. 21, Dec. 5
Fixers and sewers needed to help residents repair items using live online instructions.
Kirsten Wahlberg, 952-891-7595
Neighbors Inc. Clothes Closet Thrift Store – multiple shifts
Sort donations, tag merchandise, organize, update displays and more.
Sign-up online, call 651-455-5000, or email email@example.com
Outdoor Clothing Mending
Karen Asmundson, another MRC, is looking for volunteers willing to fix coats and other outdoor clothing, like mittens and hats, in their homes in the coming months. Plans are still in the works for item collection, mending and re-distribution. Let her know your name, contact info and what you are willing to mend (zippers, holes, knitting, buttons, etc.).
Volunteering at food shelves counts for Master Recycler hours because much of the food is rescued. You can also help collect excess produce from neighborhood and community gardens to donate to food shelves. Go even further by coordinating a gleaning event at a farm to gather excess food.
City Waste Abatement Contacts
Presentations with scripts available upon request.
- Recycling 101
- Recycling Mythbusters
- Lazy Guide to Composting
- Reduce Chemicals at Home
Jenny Kedward, Environmental Specialist