Be a Recycling Ambassador

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District's Recycling Ambassador program is an advanced learning, recycling education and training opportunity for adults. The programs offer participants an in-depth study of solid waste management including waste reduction, composting and recycling. 

RECYCLing ambAssAdor program


A Recycling Ambassador is a Cuyahoga County resident who is passionate about reducing waste, recycling and composting.

Recycling Ambassadors are volunteers who are trained by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District (aka. Cuyahoga Recycles) to work in their communities to help improve recycling by serving as their neighborhood’s “subject matter expert” on recycling.

Recycling Ambassadors meet, learn and work with other like-minded people to help make their communities cleaner, greener places to live. Participants will receive a small yard sign, a Recycling Ambassador t-shirt and ongoing support from the staff of the Solid Waste District.

What Does a Recycling Ambassador Do?

  • answers questions as a subject matter expert about recycling and composting
  • provides tips on ways to reduce waste, especially plastic waste
  • shares Cuyahoga Recycles social media posts, e-newsletters and other resources
  • distributes Cuyahoga Recycles literature to neighbors
  • makes short presentations to a neighborhood association or has a presence at block parties
  • attends relevant city council meetings
  • helps start or improve a recycling program at work, school, a place of worship, etc.
  • helps neighbors set up a compost pile or bin
  • creates a community swap event such as a freecycle event or a Halloween costume swap  

How Does the Recycling Ambassador Program Work?

  • Participate in the Recycling Ambassador Course. The course, offered 3-4 times a year, consists of four 2-hour classes, held virtually via Zoom. To register, complete the application and return it to Carin Miller.
  • Plan and implement your Recycling Ambassador activities and projects.
  • Stay up to date by attending quarterly meetings featuring guest speakers and field trips to local recycling and reuse organizations.
  • Keep in touch and tell us how it's going. We are here to help you!

Course Details

  • Classes are held virtually in the evenings on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
  • Course fee of $35.
  • Up to 20 students per session.
  • Taught by Solid Waste District staff members.

Upcoming Sessions

  • Winter 2022: Thursdays - February 3, 10, 17 and 24

For more details about the Recycling Ambassador program, contact our education specialist at (216) 443-3731 or send an email.

master recycler program 

* This program is on hiatus. Certification coursework is not offered at this time.*

Master Recycler of Cuyahoga County is a certification training program with focus on service learning and the theme of reduce, reuse, recycle.

The Master Recycler program offers participants an in-depth study of solid waste management including waste reduction, composting and recycling.  Previously, this level of knowledge could only be achieved by working in the solid waste industry. This program creates advocates for recycling that can apply their expanded knowledge to affect habits at home, work and in the community. 

Candidate interviews and class selection takes place during the summer months and coursework begins every year in August or September.

Due to COVID-19, the traditional Master Recycler Program will not take place in 2020/2021.

our program graduates

Congratulations, program graduates! We are pleased to announce that the following individuals are Certified Master Recyclers and Recycling Ambassadors in Cuyahoga County.

Recycling Ambassadors, Class of 2021
This class is currently in session.

Recycling Ambassadors, Class of 2020
This class is currently in session.

Master Recyclers, Class of 2019
This class is currently finishing their volunteer hours to complete their certification.

Master Recyclers, Class of 2018
Jen Bianco, Parma
Brenna Davis, Cleveland
Julana Eakin, Lakewood
Marissa Gerdes, Cleveland
Eliot Kamen, Cleveland
John McCumber, Lyndhurst
Sandy Moran, Cleveland Heights
Carin Miller, Cleveland Heights
Judy Opalach, Parma
Emily Poor, Cleveland
Walter Topp, Bay Village
Rechelle Williams, Cleveland Heights 

Master Recyclers, Class of 2017
Stephanie Adams Johnson, Maple Heights
Claire Bruch, Cleveland
Roslyn Chao, Rocky River
Charlotte Cotter, Cleveland
Deltrece Daniels, Cleveland
Gary M. Darr, Lakewood
Danielle Doza, Cleveland
Sandy Lahti, Cleveland
Mariann Offtermatt, Cleveland Heights
Kaleigh O'Hara, Dayton
Siu Yan Scott, Euclid
Jim Watson, Cleveland

Master Recyclers, Class of 2016
Stacy Albin, Cleveland
Kelly Baker, Shaker Heights
Michelle Gugick, Highland Heights
Colleen King, Rocky River
Sara Jane Kukawka, Cleveland
Pamala Maruna, Sagamore Hills
Alice Orynycz, Broadview Heights
Lori Postak, University Heights
Emily Roll, Cleveland
April Schroeder, Chagrin Falls

Master Recyclers, Class of 2015
Ren Brumfield, Lakewood
Esther D'Mello, Brecksville
Tami Egan, Berea
Alicia Hoskinson, Berea
Joanne Majoros, Maple Heights
Kathrine Morris, Cleveland
Kathy Osborne, Cleveland Heights
Elizabeth Smith, Pepper Pike
Susan Vincent, Cleveland

Master Recyclers, Class of 2014
Richard Deem, Fairview Park
Sandy Deem, Fairview Park
Sarah Dudziak, Garfield Heights
Mel Hauser, Berea
Cheryl Johnson, Solon
Cathi Lehn, Mayfield
Kim Mulhall, Middleburg Heights
Brenda O'Reilly, Bay Village
Jane Pierce, Highland Hills
Linda Sadler, Beachwood
Christopher Thomas, Westlake
Ken Wainwright, Fairview Park
Michelle Wilhelm, Middleburg Heights
Maureen Wise, Bedford
Tim Zaun, Westlake

Master Recyclers, Class of 2013
Sharon Bair, Cleveland
Christy Bartley, Cleveland 
Karen Braun, Westlake 
Lenore Collins, Keep It Out of the Landfill blog
Veronica Dickerson, National Park Service
Heather Dougherty, Lakewood
Jennifer Drehner, Baldwin Wallace
Melinda Franco, Cleveland
Heidi Paul, Magnificat High School 
Julie Richer, Garfield Heights
Erica Robinson, Famicos Foundation
Janine Robb, Brook Park
Katharyne Starinsky, Shaker Heights
Karen Thailing, Chagrin Falls

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