admin by Emily McGill | 11 Mar 2021
Topics:
Education & Learning,Waste Reduction

SPEC’s Master Recycler Program

5 Likes

Master Recycler is your community waste prevention ally since 2015. Now, due to COVID, we need your help to bridge our funding gap!

Master Recycler is your community waste prevention ally since 2015. Now, due to COVID, we need your help to bridge our funding gap!

SPEC is Canada’s oldest environmental organization and our mission is to provide practical solutions for urban sustainability. The Master Recycler Program is a waste reduction and prevention initiative that empowers local champions to drive change in their communities.

This year, we need community support. Unexpectedly, we learned that our traditional funding source is not available in 2021, which is why we are reaching out to you, our community, with a request for help.

 

About Master Recycler

Waste is an ever-increasing challenge for our communities. Master Recycler Vancouver (MRV) has been training zero waste champions since 2015. Now, due to COVID, we need your help to bridge our funding gap!

Highlights of the program's successes so far:

  • Over 70 Master Recycler Graduates to date
  • Over 3700 waste reduction community outreach hours
  • School programs on waste reduction and a children's book in-the-works
  • Zero waste / plastic reduction social media campaigns
  • Spawned the “Talking Trash” radio show on Vancouver Co-op Radio (100.5FM)
  • Street and shoreline cleanups
  • Volunteer mobilization for waste reduction at events
  • Neighbourhood education programs

 

And much more!


Why do we need your help?

Our program runs solely on grant funding and the generosity of Vancouver’s Zero Waste community. With the unprecedented pandemic situation and associated restrictions on in-person gatherings,  the RecycleBC Community Champions funding program, our supporter since 2016, has had to go on pause. With the 2021 virtual program launching in March, we need to act fast!

The course is in demand. From the 200+ people who've expressed interest in the past five years, we had 130 people respond to our wait list confirmation for 2021, and 43 people complete the application, for only 25 spots in this year’s course!

Our momentum is only growing. In 2021 we successfully ran our first municipally funded program for New Westminster (the Royal City Recycling Champions), and our first-ever Master Recycler Conference.

We can’t stop now! We are committed to bringing the program to life in 2021 with or without funding. That said, there are hard costs to run the program and the course facilitators take on a financial burden to make it happen. We want to do whatever we can to ensure the program's sustainability while also being healthy ourselves.

Can you help us this year to fill our funding gap? :)

 

I really enjoyed the Master Recycler training. Emily, Dan and Eyal took their facilitator roles seriously and made every effort to make the transition to online learning as seamless as possible. Would definitely (recommend) the program!
— Rachel S. MR 2020

Where We Come From

Master Recycler Vancouver (MRV) is an adult train-the-trainer education program open to anyone in BC's Lower Mainland, designed to empower citizens to prevent and reduce waste. Our expert facilitators guide participants over 9 weeks through 20+ hours of in-class instruction with field trips (when possible!) followed by 6 to 12 month's mentorship to support them in providing 30+ hours of volunteer waste reduction and prevention outreach in their communities.

History of the program: The original "Master Recycler" program idea was started in the 1980’s in California, and inspired similar programs in Portland, Oregon, Edmonton, AB, and many other cities!

In 2014, a group of waste reduction enthusiasts at the SPEC Waste Committee decided it was high time Vancouver had its own Master Recycler program. They applied for pilot funding through Vancity and launched the program for the first time in 2015.

How we work as a non-profit: In other cities, programs like ours are typically part of the municipal budget. Not us! We've been supported over the past 6 years through grants and donations from Vancity, RecycleBC, the McLean Foundation, SPEC individual donors and the Gow-Jarrett and Millard Family.

Grant funding has enabled our program to remove financial barriers to participation and only ask for a $30 refundable deposit returned upon completion of the course requirements. The program's facilitators are awarded an honorarium for their work after operational expenses are paid, which is vital for them to do everything it takes to run the program each year.

 

The MRV course was full of information that was new to me and explained topics I never really took the time to figure out myself. It also provided me with guidance on HOW to make the change I want to see in the world, and how to talk to others about tough topics.

— Maddie H. MR 2020

 

 

Where else can we connect?

If you want to contact the team, or join the waitlist for future program, visit our website www.masterrecyclervancouver.ca

You can also follow us on Instagram at @masterrecyclervancouver and Twitter at @MrRecyclerVan

And, you can select a reward below that gets you a personal phone call! :)

 

A great certificate program for newbies and veterans alike who are passionate about waste management, business practices and social accountability for our planet! Guided by three knowledgeable, reflective, passionate and fun facilitators along with an all-star line up of guest presenters.
— Nick H. MR 2020 (2020 MRV Conference Organizer)

 

WOW! 91% and 1 Day Left! + Cigarette butt challenge double down!

2 months ago

Thank you so much to everyone who's supporting our campaign. The feedback, comments and testimonials have been warming our hearts, and egging us on to keep improving and sharing our content.

News! On our latest Instagram Live update, Eyal announced he'll be doubling down on Daniel's #buttblitz Cigarette pickup this month - which MEANS, every dollar raised since the challenge began now equals not one but TWO butts off the streets of Vancouver!

Check out our IGTV announce here

24 hours to the finish line and 9% to go! The time has FLOWN. Please like and share our campaign for this final push!

We can't wait to follow up with each backer to share the campaign's success, and get rewards and tax receipts out :)

Talk to you soon!
Emily, Daniel & Eyal
Master Recycler Vancouver co-founders and co-facilitators

0 Likes

WOW! 91% and 1 Day Left! + Cigarette butt challenge double down!

2 months ago

Thank you so much to everyone who's supporting our campaign. The feedback, comments and testimonials have been warming our hearts, and egging us on to keep improving and sharing our content.

News! On our latest Instagram Live update, Eyal announced he'll be doubling down on Daniel's #buttblitz Cigarette pickup this month - which MEANS, every dollar raised since the challenge began now equals not one but TWO butts off the streets of Vancouver!

Check out our IGTV announce here

24 hours to the finish line and 9% to go! The time has FLOWN. Please like and share our campaign for this final push!

We can't wait to follow up with each backer to share the campaign's success, and get rewards and tax receipts out :)

Talk to you soon!
Emily, Daniel & Eyal
Master Recycler Vancouver co-founders and co-facilitators

0 Likes

Cigarette Butt Pick Up Challenge - 6 Days Left!

3 months ago

With 6 days left, we're just shy of 50% of our funding target! YES!

Thank you for all your support so far! We are blown away!

To spice things up, co-founder Daniel has pledged to pick up 1 cigarette butt for every dollar we raise from now until the end of the campaign!

Daniel will pick up those butts during the upcoming April Butt Blitz by A Greener Future.

Check out our IG Live Announcement, and - if you haven't shared this campaign yet, now's the time!

Stay tuned!
Emily, Daniel and Eyal

0 Likes

WOW! 47% on DAY 9! Close to halfway there in both time and funding!

3 months ago

Thank you to everyone who's contributed to this project so far!

We're beyond excited at this show of support for the program. It is SO invigorating to hear why and how much people believe in what we do. 

What have we been up to? We're subtly hatching plans on what we can do if we EXCEED our target ;) hint, we mention our future goals in our IGTV put out last week!

We also produced our Talkin' Trash Radio show this past weekend (it's the third Sunday of every month on 100.5FM Co-op Radio in Vancouver). Give it a listen if you're so inclined! Talkin' Trash Archive on Co-op Radio - Saturday March 20

Meanwhile, all three facilitators are hard at work in our various 'day jobs', while also preparing for tomorrow's class with the 2021 cohort. Our Class 2 topic is "Where is Away?" where we face the ugly truth with our 25 students that there is no true 'away' that we can throw our waste to. 

We'll post another update in a few day's time, and until then, HAPPY SPRING! 

Big thanks,
Emily, Daniel and Eyal

0 Likes

32% RAISED AND CLASS 1 A SUCCESS!

3 months ago

THANK YOU to our backers! We're so encouraged by the progress of the campaign.

At Master Recycler, we envision a world without waste. Our path is to empower individuals to make change in their lives and communities. Every year, we have a 25-person class go through 20+ hours of in-class instruction and 30+ hours of outreach around waste reduction and prevention. 

And tonight, we JUST wrapped Class 1 of the 2021 Master Recycler cohort! This crowdfunding campaign is what is making this year's course POSSIBLE.

To end this first session, all 27 of us said one word with how we're feeling after this class. Here's a sample of what some of us shared:

Inspired - Connected - Thankful - Challenged - Encouraged - Excited - Eager - Overwhelmed, but Helpful - Optimistic - Engaged - Humbled - Hopeful - Guilty - Privileged - Intrigued - Grateful - Giddy - Galvanized!

These 2.5 hour classes are a WHIRLWIND. The world of waste has SO much information and there's no way we can cover all of it - we focus equal parts on data/facts and the experience of behaviour change. This course becomes a meaningful turning point for many of our participants, who move on to start, grow or transform their businesses and work life, conduct outreach they might never have expected, and more.

We'll be sharing short stories of past participant's experiences in future updates. Stay tuned!

<3 Emily

0 Likes

THANK YOU EARLY BACKERS! 21% on Day 2!

3 months ago

Wow! End of Day 2 and we're already 21% funded! THANK YOU EARLY BACKERS!!!

It's so heartwarming to read the comments from folks who love the program. Since starting Master Recycler Vancouver in 2015 our team has grown alongside the participants, with our approach and insights evolving each year - not to mention the actual content! A crazy amount of disruption has gone on in the 'waste space' since our first class.

It's a good thing that we clarify right at the start that we (the facilitators) don't have all the answers, and that the course is as much about gaining information as it is about cultivating the attitude of an ever-learner.

We're so grateful for your contributions to this campaign. Every dollar goes towards empowering behaviour change and critical thinking about the challenges we face with humanity's waste. Stay tuned!

And if you are so inclined, please share our campaign! You can find us on Instagram @masterrecyclervancouver or Twitter @MrRecyclerVan to re-share quickly.

1 Like

Discuss this project...

1 comment
Sort by
Project owner Emily McGill on 17th Mar 2021

This comments section looks a little lonely, so here’s an idea: if you happen to come across this discussion page, you can Ask a Question from the facilitators! Curious about waste? Recycling? Reuse? How (and what) to Refuse? Our favourite zero waste self care products? Ask away! The current Master Recycler facilitators are Emily McGill (me), Daniel Rotman, and Eyal Lebel. If you don’t specify a person, any one of us might come and answer.

Jacquelyn Rolston

2 months ago

Contributed $20 CAD
Anonymous

2 months ago


Contributed $61 CAD
keep on keepin
Louise Schwartz

2 months ago

Contributed $300 CAD
Thank you Team M/R for your amazing work educating citizens on waste reduction & best practices recycling, from all of us at Recycling Alternative!
Abner Tsai

2 months ago

Contributed $20 CAD
Anonymous

2 months ago


Contributed $20 CAD
Thank you for all you do!!
Kyrstin Munson

2 months ago

Contributed $20 CAD
Agustian Hermanto

2 months ago

Contributed $200 CAD
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $50 CAD
Daniel- congrats on yr hard work and commitment Barbara Barak & Neil Goldenberg
Ellie Robinson

3 months ago

Contributed $750 CAD
This program changed my fundamental views on waste, consumption and the future of the planet.
Catherine Ostler

3 months ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Your work is all the thanks I need! But I
Carolyn Morgan Chan

3 months ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Just had to donate a bit more to give Daniel more butts to pick up :)
Ivana Zelenika

3 months ago

Contributed $20 CAD
Happy to support fellow recycling enthusiasts! Good luck MR, you
Van Nguyen

3 months ago

Contributed $20 CAD
Teresa Yiu

3 months ago

Contributed $30 CAD
Thank you for helping the world become a better place! #MRV2021
Vicky Baker

3 months ago

Contributed $50 CAD
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $20 CAD
Way to go MRV!
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $10 CAD
Go Daniel go!
Linh Truong

3 months ago

Contributed $200 CAD
200 butts! Go Daniel!
Michelle Chang

3 months ago

Contributed $200 CAD
Dora Stroud

3 months ago

Contributed $20 CAD
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $20 CAD
Sepia Sharma

3 months ago

Contributed $20 CAD
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the great work you do for our communities. Sepia
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $200 CAD
Manon Balard

3 months ago

Contributed $30 CAD
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $20 CAD
malka rotman

3 months ago

Contributed $200 CAD
The program is a great service to the community. Congrats to Emily, Daniel and Eyal.
Josh Hensman

3 months ago

Contributed $400 CAD
MRV 2020 paying it forward to MRV 2021
Laura Yates

3 months ago

Contributed $50 CAD
All I need is a tax receipt please. :)
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $50 CAD
Love this cause, we have to do more!
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $20 CAD
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $20 CAD
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $50 CAD
Lori Crump

3 months ago

Contributed $50 CAD
Thanks for all you do! We love the program and hope it can continue for many years.
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $50 CAD
Chris Dustybee

3 months ago

Contributed $50 CAD
Nick Hastie

3 months ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Yes yes yes, of course I’ll support this! The knowledge you three have to share must continue to be passed on!
Henry Mwandemere

3 months ago

Contributed $20 CAD
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $20 CAD
Thank you for all your work!
joy cozens

3 months ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Thank you for this offering! It is SO valuable for our planet and in guiding us in how to walk with the earth for a thriving future for all.
Jennifer Henry

3 months ago

Contributed $10 CAD
Thanks for all you do!
Dave Ives

3 months ago

Contributed $50 CAD
Appreciate and grateful for everything you’re doing!
Ralph Van de Berg

3 months ago

Contributed $44 CAD
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $50 CAD
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $100 CAD
Thank you for all that you do!
Rachel Schoeler

3 months ago

Contributed $30 CAD
Ehud Lebel

3 months ago

Contributed $10 CAD
Katya Potapova

3 months ago

Contributed $20 CAD
Jeff Wint

3 months ago

Contributed $125 CAD
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $110 CAD
Lacey Reid

3 months ago

Contributed $150 CAD
Happy to support the continuation of this program!
Lusungu Kayani

3 months ago

Contributed $20 CAD
Love MRV. Amazing program.
Kimberly Wiefling

3 months ago

Contributed $50 CAD
Thank you for helping Our World! I
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $20 CAD
Kaede Mizukoshi

3 months ago

Contributed $20 CAD
Waste literacy is an area that needs SO much improvement on, and I
Jacques Martiquet

3 months ago

Contributed $10 CAD
I know this team. They are going to create so much change!
Susgrainable He...

3 months ago

Contributed $200 CAD
We love what you do! Keep up the amazing work!!
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $50 CAD
Josh Hensman

3 months ago

Contributed $100 CAD
MRV 2020 paying it forward to MRV 2021!
David Bailie

3 months ago

Contributed $20 CAD
Great work in the community!
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $20 CAD
Carolyn Morgan Chan

3 months ago

Contributed $200 CAD
This program is hugely meaningful and impactful. We need to continue the learning to get more people involved in knowledge sharing and action.
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $100 CAD
No need for a website mention or phone call. Thanks anyway, and good luck!
Dana Cleaveley

3 months ago

Contributed $50 CAD
Such an amazing program that needs to keep running. Thanks for all that the organizers do!
Meah Amies

3 months ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Thank you for all that you
Jinhi Ahn

3 months ago

Contributed $100 CAD
Derek Doherty

3 months ago

Contributed $50 CAD
Master Recycler is a great program and you guys are awesome. Keep up the good work!
Carol Cohen

3 months ago

Contributed $100 CAD
We need the Master Recycler Program! I
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $400 CAD
ever grateful for the education
Audrey Crespy

3 months ago

Contributed $20 CAD
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $20 CAD
Emily rocks!
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $20 CAD
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $20 CAD
Oliver Lane

3 months ago

Contributed $20 CAD
Go team! I love the work you do.
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $20 CAD
I love what Master Recycler brings to our community!
Anonymous

3 months ago


Contributed $10 CAD

Use this form if you would like to ask the project owner a question directly.

You must be login first.