Become a certified Waste Warrior in WSU Extension course

EVERETT, Wash. – Washington State University Snohomish County Extension hosts a sustainability training course to encourage residents to reduce waste, correctly recycle and compost and be effective environmental stewards. Classes will be held Wednesday evenings starting on May 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Willis Tucker Park Activity Center in Snohomish. Cost is $25 for the five-week course.

3 large waste bins, each a different color. A green one is labeled Compost and has pictures of items that can be composted. The middle one is red, says Waste, and has images of trash. The right is yellow with word Recycle and images of things that can be recycled.
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Enrollees receive university-level training grounded in climate change science relevant both within Snohomish County and globally. The training is designed to help students become informed community educators. The course combines engaging classroom presentations and discussions with behind-the-scenes field trips. 

Those who complete the five-week training will officially be a Waste Warrior.

The course will feature speakers from: Republic Services, WSU Extension, Everett Community College, Green Snohomish, and Zero-Waste Washington. Activities include recycling sorting training, a green cleaning workshop, dyeing fabric with natural food-based dyes, and more.

Once trained, volunteers then give back to the community by sharing what they learned through various events, projects and activities. Waste Warriors pledge to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours in one year.

Each volunteer selects which projects they work on, with options that include both public facing events and behind-the-scenes individual work. No previous training is required.

The course is excellent for those who find themselves standing at the recycling bin wondering what can and can’t be recycled and why, or those curious about climate change and how individual actions can make a difference.

Registration is open.

For more info, contact or call 425-357-6027 
Visit the Snohomish Count Sustainability Stewards website.