City of Columbia announces "Recycling Ambassadors" initiative

4 years 3 weeks 1 day ago Tuesday, November 18 2014 Nov 18, 2014 Tuesday, November 18, 2014 8:42:00 AM CST November 18, 2014 in News
By: Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - City of Columbia officials announced Tuesday the city is starting a new "Recycling Ambassadors" volunteer program in cooperation with Public Works. The news release said the program aims to "encourage recycling and waste reduction" and to use local volunteers to promote that mission around town.

A Recycling Ambassador's responsibilities include answering questions about recycling and solid waste programs, distributing information to the public during festivals, participating in educational events and promoting recycling and waste reduction at their workplace, schools and organization.

Becoming an ambassador does require training, and the city asks the volunteers for a minimum of 12 hours per year. Training includes communication techniques, proper recycling techniques and a survey of waste disposal options such as e-waste and household hazardous waste. Some of the training will include "field trips" to places like a compost facility, bioreactor, landfill and material recovery facility. 

The city is looking for friendly volunteers with good communication skills to help jump-start the initiative. The first training is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Contact Andrea Shelton at (573) 874-6271 or online at pw-volunteer@GoColumbiaMo.com to register.

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