RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy

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The RecycleWorks Program
is offering no-cost courses to residents, employees, and business owners in San Mateo County as part of a program called the RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy (RVA).

These courses are hands-on, instructed by local sustainability experts, and provide participants with skills and knowledge to conserve resources at home, at work, and offer participants access to cutting-edge sustainability information and best practices.

After the completion of these courses, the RVA requests that participants volunteer their time to share what they've learned with others in the County. The RVA supports and encourages participants to find different ways to volunteer that is most meaningful and fun for them!

RVA offerings in late 2015 and early 2016

How to sign-up?
Please contact Eun-Soo Lim, our RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy Coordinator, at or (650) 599-1498, toll free at 1-888-442-2666.

You must be 14 years or older to attend the classes, and a resident, business owner, employee, or student located within San Mateo County. If you need ADA accommodations please contact us four (4) business days prior to the first class you will be attending.

Why participate in the RVA?

RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy
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  • These courses are instructed by local sustainability experts, who will incorporate cutting-edge sustainability knowledge and practices into each class.
  • You'll learn leadership and communication skills that you can use to promote resource conservation to others in the County.
  • You're sure to make new connections and friends!
  • You'll use your newfound sustainability skills to lead sustainability-focused volunteer projects right here in San Mateo County.
  • You'll learn practical, hands-on resource conservation skills that you can use at home and at work!
  • If you enroll in the Master Resource Conservation and Master Compost and Solid Waste courses, you can earn a certificate of completion after fulfilling your course's volunteer commitment.
  • If you are a student, you can potentially fulfill your school's volunteer commitment through our program.

A great opportunity to volunteer in San Mateo County!

While we encourage all RVA participants to volunteer in their communities, each participant enrolled in the Master Resource Conservation and Master Compost and Solid Waste courses will have support from course instructors and RecycleWorks staff to complete the 40 volunteer hours after the completion of the courses.

We encourage participants to volunteer in an activity that is fulfilling and fun for them, and help connect them to volunteer opportunities and resources that meet their needs. Past participant volunteer projects have included teaching at local elementary school classes or public libraries about composting, working at a County-sponsored events to engage with event attendees on sustainability topics.

Participants who fulfill their 40 hour volunteer commitment will receive a certificate of completion from the County of San Mateo as recognition of their commitment to sustainability and their community.


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To find out more about the RVA, please contact Eun-Soo Lim, our RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy Coordinator, at or (650) 599-1498, toll free at 1-888-442-2666.

If you would like to stay in the loop about these offerings and other upcoming RecycleWorks events, please join our list serve at

This educational program is made available through the County of San Mateo.