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The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Waste Prevention Action Team is launching a recruitment campaign for its Recycling Block Captain Program.

New volunteer block captains or those who refer new volunteers have the opportunity to be entered into prize drawings. The team aims to double the number of block captains from 60 to 120.

The Recycling Block Captain Program, initiated in 2010, is an outreach program designed to engage Corvallis community members in the process of educating their neighbors about recycling, composting, and waste prevention through the distribution of informational handouts.

Volunteer captains define their own neighborhoods (number of homes and location) and serve as liaisons between their neighbors and the Waste Prevention Action Team, which develops and provides handouts three or four times a year. About 2,600 homes are in the current distribution area.

“Captains sign up to share or gain skills, join like-minded people, help Corvallis increase its recycling rate, and make a difference in the community,” explained Andrea Norris, leader of the coalition's Waste Prevention Action Team. “As an incentive, new volunteers or those who refer new volunteers will be entered into prize drawings that will be conducted at regular intervals throughout the campaign."

Community members can visit the team's website at http://tiny.cc/wpatcapt.

The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, formed in 2007, is a network of organizations and individual volunteers. Information about the coalition is available at http://sustainablecorvallis.org/.

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