MCR Program

Interested? Email

community composting

Composting and Recycling

Click here to register for summer classes!

Mondays 10-11:30am, Wednesdays 6-7:30pm, Saturdays 9-10:30am

(See dates listed below)

Take all four classes this summer and earn a free Schenectady County Recycles T-Shirt

Classes will run rain or shine

Below are classes being offered throughout the summer at the Sustainable Living Center in Central Park

Composting: Recycle that Nutrients!

Have you ever wondered why compost is so cool? Join us on a journey of discovery as we take on the life cycle of nutrients. We’ll learn about the movement of nutrients from soil, to plants, to compost, and back into soil. You’ll also learn how you can start your own compost!

6/27 | 10-11AM

6/29 | 6-7PM

7/9 | 9-10AM

8/3 | 6-7PM
Vermicomposting: Worms, worms, worms!

An amazing form of composting is called vermicomposting. These little helpers turn food scraps into incredibly nutritious compost. During this class, we’ll learn about the life cycle of worms, how they do what they do, and how you can start your own vermicompost!

7/11 | 10-11AM

7/13 | 6-7PM

8/22 | 10-11AM

8/24 | 6-7PM

Special: Saturday for Kids | 7/30 9-10AM

Recycling: History to How-To

From the Green Revolution of the 1960s to the implementation of single-stream recycling in the last decade, we’ll venture into the history of recycling and sustainable waste management in the United States and how we can Recycle Right today!

7/18 | 10-11AM

7/20 | 6-7PM

8/31 | 6-7PM

Zero Waste Living: You can, too!

The zero-waste lifestyle trend took over social media a few years back, inspiring many people to take on the challenge. Zero doesn’t mean no waste, it means low waste. We’ll learn the tricks of the trade and become experts-in-progress on living as low-waste as possible!

7/25 | 10-11AM

7/27 | 6-7PM

8/20 | 9-10AM

*Classes are also offered at Schenectady County Public Libraries, please go to their site to learn more.

We want to empower our neighbors with knowledge about how to manage unwanted items in the most environmentally sustainable way possible. We offer education about recycling, composting, and household hazardous waste.


Putting the wrong household items in the recycling bin creates many issues for your local recycling system. There are many household items that do not belong in the recycling bin which the recycling industry calls “contamination”. Putting items in the recycling bin without knowing if your local recycling service accepts them or not is known as “wish-cycling”. Wish-cycling creates several problems for the collection, sorting, processing, and marketability of recyclable items, including: 

Cooperative Extension staff in conjunction with Master Composter and Master Recycler volunteers are here for you to learn more about these issues and solutions related to solid waste. We offer free access to information and free educational programming for families, community groups, social clubs, schools, and businesses.

Last updated June 16, 2022