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BECOME A COMPOST AND RECYCLING AMBASSADOR



Program Requirements

There are two program requirements to complete the Compost and Recycling Ambassador Program (CRA) certification program: class attendance and completing volunteer hours. Community members must attend 7 of 8 classes and complete 25 volunteer hours within a year of completing the program to become certified Compost and Recycling Ambassadors. 

This program will meet for 8 weeks at the Environmental Services Bureau at 2929 East Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90806. Classes will be taught through lectures, hands-on activities, games, interactive discussions, and optional field trips (when available). 
 

Space is limited, and community members will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants will be notified and placed on a waitlist if the session reaches capacity. There is no guarantee that a space will become available while on the waitlist. 

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

Applications are now closed for the Spring 2024 Session.

 
  • Spring 2024 Schedule

    Week 

    Date 

    Topic 

    1

    03/21

    Program Overview and an Introduction to Waste ReductionRecycling, and Composting 
    Learn program objectives, volunteer requirements, and an introduction to the topics you will be learning about.

    2

    03/28

    Let’s Talk Recycling! 
    What can and cannot be recycled and why? Learn the laws and policies that shape our recycling industry. 

    3 

    04/04

    Household Hazardous Waste, Electronic Waste, and Food Waste Prevention
    Learn how to safely dispose of items that are too toxic to trash and ways to prevent food waste at home.

    4 

    04/11

    Soil Science, Backyard Composting, and Vermicomposting
    Learn the basics of composting and vermicomposting and take a closer look at soil composition and how compost can benefit it. 

    5 

    04/18

    Troubleshooting, Harvesting, and Using Your Compost 
    Learn how to address common issues people may encounter while composting and how to solve them using simple troubleshooting techniques as well as how to harvest and prepare compost for use. 

    6

    04/25

    Key Messages and How to Volunteer
    Learn about the ways you can volunteer and inspire the public and share your knowledge! Develop skills to connect with local community leaders and local organizations.  

    7

    05/02

    Presentations 
    Share what you have learned with your classmates. Students will share 5-10 minute presentations with the class. 

    8

    05/30 

    Class Reunion
    Review all class topics and address any questions. Share your challenges and successes while on your composting journey. Share ideas for volunteering or current volunteer experiences with your classmates.