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2019 Waste Warrior Program

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2019 Burbank Waste Warrior Program

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Burbank Waste Warriors is a volunteer training program for people who want to learn more about zero waste concepts and how to engage with their community, improve the environment, and shape the future.

The program involves seven diverse classes that cover all aspects of Zero Waste, including the 6 R’s of waste reduction:

  • Refuse (say no!)

  • Reduce (do I need it?)

  • Reuse (donate or repurpose it)

  • Recycle (sort it and send it on )

  • Rot (compost)

  • Rethink (redesigning our systems, habits and mindsets)

Classes include hands on projects, tours, guest speakers and instruction from professionals at the Burbank Recycle Center. Class schedules, homework and communications will go through a project management tool, such as Slack, that you will sign up for.  Information on the project management tool to come in early 2019.

 All classes are FREE

Graduates of the Waste Warrior will have attended all eight courses, PLUS performed 30 hours of volunteer work or individual projects that focus on waste reduction, thoughtful consumption, composting or recycling.

 2019 Class schedule: 8 classes, plus a bonus event

(All classes will be held at the Burbank Recycle Center, 500 S. Flower Street, unless there is a tour or special engagement):

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Saturday, January 12th 9a-3p:  Class 1:  Recycling 101:  There’s No Such Thing as “Away”

In order to understand recycling and waste, it is best to dive right in!  We will start with a tour of the City of Burbank’s Recycling Facility and then perform a waste audit to really examine what society is throwing “away”.  Course includes an introduction to Zero Waste, sustainability, the Waste Hierarchy, materials overview, storm water pollution, and planning individual volunteer projects.

Wednesday, January 23rd  6p-8:30p:  Class 2:  Single Use--Multiple Impacts:  Resources and Materials

We will examine the complexities of our modern conveniences and throw away society--especially how this is taxing our resources.  You will gain the knowledge and tools to help decipher whether “green” marketing claims are legit.  Course includes packaging, resource depletion and management, plastic resins, and an examination of materials and commodities markets that keep recycling afloat.

Saturday, February 2nd 9a-1p:  Class 3:  Toxins Amongst Us:  Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), electronics and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Our modern conveniences, technology and short cuts make life easier, but at what price? You’ll see what happens to these products when we discard them. Course includes HHW and electronics recycling, EPR, toxins management, Product Stewardship, reuse and repair, and alternatives.

Wednesday, February 13th 6p-8:30p:  Class 4: Power to the Plants:  Getting Organics out of Landfill 

Nothing in Nature goes to waste, so why is waste a man-made invention?  Organics (plants) in landfill is a misallocation of valuable resources and the movement to reverse this is starting in the State of California.  Learn the future of how green waste (yard clippings) and food scraps will be used to power us, create healthy soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Course includes organics basics, state mandatory organics recycling policy (AB 1826), enhancing soils, methane mitigation and capture, food waste prevention, water harvesting and composting.

Saturday, February 23rd  9a-1p:  Class 5: Consumption Graveyard:  Burbank Landfill Tout (field trip)

Did you know that Burbank residents own a landfill?  Come get the VIP treatment at one of the most well managed and scenic landfill in the county and see what happens when your trash is pick up and taken "away".

Wednesday, March 6t 6p-8:30p: Class 6: Business Evolution:  Recycling and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Adopting sustainable business practices in a new age of mandated responsibility and changing consumer expectations.  Course covers commercial recycling, state laws, CSR, consumer trends, financial incentives and environmentally preferred purchasing ideas.

Saturday, March 16th  9a-1pm  Class 7:  Rethink Trash as Treasure:  Reuse and Repair Tour (field trip)

Recycling is good but reuse is so much better!  We will visit different models of reuse in the business and non-profit world and you’ll discover that much of what we discard is actually useful to someone else.  Course includes the basics of “reduce, reuse, reimagine” such as creative reuse, repairing and repurposing, sharing, and renting.


Meet former graduates of the Waste Warrior program (formerly called Master Recycler) while enjoying a zero waste dinner and an insightful documentary on an important waste issue. Great opportunity to network, share, and find kindred spirits that care about the same issues you do.

Saturday, April 6th  9a-1p: Class 8: Leadership Challenge:  Using Your Skills for Local Action

Throughout the Master Recycler courses, participants will be designing programs and actions that they can apply to their own initiatives and volunteer efforts.  This session will be helping you finalize your own personal project. We will also be assigning each student their role in helping with a  Burbank Recycle Center business outreach project for organics diversion education.


Final Requirement:

Waste Warriors graduate once they have performed 25 hours towards their project, plus 5-8 hours on a special Burbank Recycle Center business outreach project.   (Timeline TBD)

City of Residence (Burbank residents have first priority)
Why do you want to become a Burbank Waste Warrior?
What do you hope to learn and how do you intend to apply it?
Can you attend all 8 classes?  (Bonus event is optional)
How did you hear about the Burbank Waste Warrior program? (you may select more than one)
How did you hear about the Burbank Waste Warrior program? (you may select more than one)
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