Newest Porter County Master Recycler Receives Certification

Valparaiso resident Joel Andrade received his Master Recycler Certification on July 21 at the board meeting of the Recycling & Waste Reduction District. Pictured with board members, from left: Portage Mayor James Snyder; Kouts Town Council Member James Murphy; Portage Council Member Sue Lynch, board chair; Joel Andrade; Porter County Council Member Karen Conover, and vice chair; and District Executive Director Therese Davis. Board members not pictured: Porter County Commissioners John Evans, Laura Blaney and Jeff Good. [Photo courtesy Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County]

Valparaiso resident Joel Andrade received his Master Recycler Certification on July 21 at the board meeting of the Recycling & Waste Reduction District. Pictured with board members, from left: Portage Mayor James Snyder; Kouts Town Council Member James Murphy; Portage Council Member Sue Lynch, board chair; Joel Andrade; Porter County Council Member Karen Conover, and vice chair; and District Executive Director Therese Davis. Board members not pictured: Porter County Commissioners John Evans, Laura Blaney and Jeff Good. [Photo courtesy Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County]

The number of Region residents ready to help others with recycling is growing.  Joel Andrade of Valparaiso received his certificate and badge to become the newest Porter County Certified Master Recycler and was recognized at the recent board of directors meeting of the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County.  He is the eighth person to complete all the requirements since the program began last year.  The District says the purpose of the Porter County Master Recycler Program is to create a volunteer pool of knowledgeable residents who help to educate and inspire others in the community to reduce waste at home and at work. Master Recycler Programs originated in the Pacific Northwest, and now there are a number of them throughout the United States.   Porter County’s program is the first in Indiana. The next Master Recycler class in Porter County is scheduled to begin in September at Woodland Park in Portage. Anyone who lives or works in Porter County can register on the district’s website, www.ItMeansTheWorld.org. For more information, call 465-3819.