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Inspire your community to reduce waste, compost, and recycle! 

The City of Long Beach Compost and Recycling Ambassador Program (CRA), formerly known as Master Composter Recycler Program (MCR), is an opportunity to explore, in-depth, the fascinating world of waste reduction, recycling, and composting. This 8-week program is offered at no cost to residents and combines lectures, hands-on experiences, and collaboration to teach community members about waste reduction strategies; recycling history, systems, and practices; and provides training on the two primary methods of home composting—vermicomposting and backyard composting. Community members will apply the knowledge they gain in the class by becoming a resource for the community through volunteer opportunities. Community members who complete the program by attending at least 7 of the 8 required courses and completing the 25 required volunteer hours will be certified as Compost and Recycling Ambassadors.

Who should apply?

Any adult over 18 years of age that lives in Long Beach with an interest in learning more about waste reduction, recycling, composting, and becoming a community resource is welcome. All levels of experience are welcome! Space is limited.

Applications for the Winter 2023 Program will open on January 2nd at 10:00 am and will close once the class and the waitlist reach capacityWe encourage community members to sign up as soon as possible as the class tends to fill up quickly. Classes will be held on Thursdays at the Environmental Services Bureau from 9:00 am-12:00 pm beginning on February 9th through March 23rd, followed by an additional reunion class. For more details and to apply, visit the section below “Become a Compost and Recycling Ambassador”.

At this time, the program is only offered in English. We are eager to offer the program in multiple languages in the future. Please email us at cra@longbeach.gov if you would like to express interest in your language. 

For questions, email cra@longbeach.gov or call (562) 570-2869.