2013 NM Recycling
and Composting Facility Operator Certification Courses
The NMRC and the New Mexico State Environment Department: Solid
Waste Bureau will host two recycling courses and two composting
courses in 2013. Our maximum class size is 35 students so please remember to register as early as possible to
be assured a seat in the course.
National Certification Program - NEW***
NMRC is working with the Recycling Organizations of North America in cooperation with the National Recycling Coalition to provide a National Sustainable Resource Management Professionals Certification that will be in line with a newly developed program, accredited through Penn State University Altoona (pending final approval from certifying entities). The national certification requires 30 classroom hours of training in addition to final examinations. The three day Recycling Certification Courses below provide 24 hours of classroom training. In addition to these hours, NMRC will host one additional 6 hour Recycling Professionals training to reach the 30 hour classroom requirements in Albuquerque on June 5th. Individuals that have taken a NMRC/NMED Recycling Certification Course & received certification in the past 3 years can use those CEUs towards the required 30 CEUs for National Certification. Details below under the Expanded Trainings section.
The National Certification will enable professionals to receive recognition and a certificate for this training in any state and may be added to your professional resume. The standards are consistent throughout the United States, so what you learn here is what other professionals are learning in other states.
Expanded Six Hour Trainings Added - NEW** Also new this year are NMRC's two Expanded Trainings, both offering 6 CEU credits. The Expanded Training CEU credits will be available to meet your state NMED
re-certification credits to maintain your registration as a Certified Recycling Facility operator (pending final approval from NMED). NMRC plans to continue to offer more one day trainings in an effort to offer more choices for New Mexico recycling professionals to maintain their state certification, while receiving more in-depth professional development on a wide range of subjects in their field. This year, NMRC will offer a Recycling Professionals training on June 5th that links into the NMRC Annual Meeting and in the Fall, we will offer an in-depth Education and Outreach training on October 3rd.
May 7-9, Raton. Held at Raton Convention Center. Click here to register. As of 5-3-13 there is only one spot left in this course. If you'd like to confirm space available, please call Sarah Pierpont at 505-603-0558.
Sign up for both the May Recycling Facility Operators Course and the June 5th Training at the same time and receive a $25 discount.
3-5, Alamogordo. Held at Otero County Office
NMRC Annual Meeting and Recycling Professionals Training
We plan to offer 6 CEU credits for NMED and National Certification (click here for CEU credit form). June 5, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Albuquerque, UNM Science & Technology Park Rotunda. The day will start off with professional networking amongst recyclers, an update on NMRC activity and a general presentation on NM activities. The 6-hour training will include lunch and provide training on a wide range of subjects to include full-cost accounting, trends in the recycling industry, extended producer responsibility, local-level ordinances, contracting and many more subjects. Registration to attend the full day is $100 for NMRC members and $125 for non-members. An additional fee of $100 will be required to attain the National Certification. Sign up for both the May Recycling Facility Operators Course and the June 5th Training at the same time and receive a $25 discount.
Individuals that have taken a Recycling Certification Course & received certification in the past 3 years can use those CEUs towards the required 30 CEUs for National Certification. Click here to register
NMRC recently secured funding from Keep America Beautiful/Lowe's to cover the $100 registration fee and offer this training FREE OF COST to Recycling Professionals from Rural Communities and to NM Clean and Beautiful (NMCB) affiliates!!! Rural is defined as communities with populations of 10,000 or less. . Currently, we are able to offer one scholarship per rural community or NMCB affiliate. Depending on demand, we may be able to increase this to two attendees per community/affiliate, but we won’t be sure of this until the date gets closer. To ensure a scholarship, please register to attend by May 15th. Click here to register and select "Scholarship for NMCB Affiliates and Approved Rural Communities" under the "Registration Choice" category.
Recycling Education and Outreach In-Depth Training
We plan to be able to offer 6 CEU credits for NMED re-certification (pending final approval from certifying entity). October 3, 9 AM - 4 PM. Albuquerque, South Broadway Cultural Center. Building a strong education and outreach campaign to complement your recycling program is essential to gaining more material and gaining increased public participation. This 6-hour training will cover effective outreach tactics to truly engage a wide range of audiences. Come prepared to learn about tried and true outreach tactics and bring your community or entity needs in order to develop the first draft of your own outreach plan. Lunch on your own. Registration fee $75 for NMRC members and $100 for non-members.
Click here to register
Payment arrangements must be made before attending the
course either by actual payment or by PO number. If a
municipality or business has an outstanding due payment,
they can not send any registrants to courses until that past
due invoice has been paid. There will be a $25
cancellation fee is you do not notify us before the late
For additional information and
applications for certification contact Connie Pasteris,
New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), Solid Waste
Bureau, Outreach and Technical Assistance Program, at (505) 476-3561 or by e-mail at: email@example.com.
To obtain NMED Solid Waste Facility Operator Certification,
applicants must complete a course, score at least 70% on the
certification exam offered at the end of each course, and
have at least one year of experience operating the type of
facility for which certification is sought.
State Solid Waste Rules require that public and private solid waste facilities have
certified operators. These courses enable operators to
become certified! Call Connie Pasteris at (505) 476-3561 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to check on your certification status.