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Free Classes

The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources offers various environmental education classes broadly related to waste mitigation, built environment improvements, and sustainability. Class instructors provide attendees with professional learning and instructional materials that demonstrate environmental diversion themes such as Composting/Vermicomposting, Recycling 1-2-3, Green Landscaping, and more! Attendees from all educational backgrounds, age groups, and interests are welcome to join. Classes are offered live throughout the year as well as on-demand in our resource section.

2024 Classes

    Backyard Composting, Vermicomposting, & Make Your Own Worm Bin

    Overview: Take your gardening game to the next level! Discover the benefits of composting, the process of turning organic waste materials into a soil amendment. Compost session starts at 9 AM followed by Vermicompost and Make Your Own Worm Bin session at 10 AM. 

    Vermicomposting bin kits are available for purchase for county residents at each class. County residents may also bring their own materials to build a worm bin. See Vermicomposting webpage for more information. The Department of Waste Resources will provide use of the required tools at the class. Participants that complete their worm bins will be provided live worms.

    Location: 14310 Frederick St. Moreno Valley, CA, 92553

    Saturday, January 6, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Saturday, February 3, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Saturday, March 2, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Saturday, May 4, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Saturday, June 1, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Saturday, August 3, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Saturday, November 2, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Climate Change

    Overview: Ready to uncover the science behind climate change? Explore the causes, environmental and social impacts, and ways to take climate action

    Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    Meeting link: 

    Meeting number: 2664 952 2775

    Password: GzhjShE3X23

    Wednesday, October 16, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    Meeting link: 

    Meeting number: 2664 416 2825

    Password: qeHbYwMm248

    Environmental Justice

    Overview: How does the human built environment impact public health? Learn the concepts of environmental justice, an expanded view of the environment outside the scope of conservation

    Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    Meeting link: 

    Meeting number: 2660 712 6457

    Password: QjaGZmPp543

    Wednesday, November 20, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    Meeting link:

    Meeting number: 2660 254 7010

    Password: sYeavjpH627

    Food Waste-Food Rescue

    Overview: What's the difference between food waste and wasted food? Get schooled on food rescue 101 and discover tactics to slice down on waste as you shop, cook, or dine out

    Wednesday, May 29, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    Meeting link: 

    Meeting number: 2661 374 1528

    Password: d4TGJwChw24

    Wednesday, November 6, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    Meeting link: 

    Meeting number: 2664 371 0823

    Password: BWufMn8np52

    Green Cleaning

    Overview: Say goodbye to toxicity! Explore the benefits of using eco-friendly cleaning products made from ingredients in your pantry

    Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 pm -7:00 pm 

    Meeting link: 

    Meeting number: 2660 801 0193

    Password: kTzfmeNS732

    Wednesday, September 18, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    Meeting link:

    Meeting number: 2662 286 3213

    Password: g9aK85AGiwg

    Green Landscaping

    Overview: Don't let your garden drain your resources! Learn the art of sustainable landscaping - a pocket-friendly and more efficient way to keep your green space eco-friendly

    Wednesday, February 21, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    Meeting link: 

    Meeting number: 2664 381 5385

    Password: B99YxmrqtU2

    Wednesday, August 21, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    Meeting link: 

    Meeting number: 2662 520 1393

    Password: iE3XBvcBT35

    Making Your Home Zero Waste

    Overview:  Explore the basics of zero waste and sustainability – what is zero waste, waste creation, and strategies to reduce waste in every room of your home

    Wednesday, January 17, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    Meeting link: 

    Meeting number: 2663 421 9372

    Password: kGQJJrwq854

    Master Composter Training

    The virtual training courses consists of four formal instruction sessions. 

    We offer two training options:

    Option 1: In Person Training

    The In Person Training course consists of four formal instruction sessions at a specific location in Riverside County. Master Composter trainees will watch as instructor and volunteers build and maintain a compost pile. To become proficient with composting, trainees are encouraged to build and maintain their own compost pile during the training.

    Option 2: Virtual Self-Paced Training

    The student has three months to complete the Virtual Self-Paced Training course, including all online quizzes, at their own pace to receive a certificate of completion.  


    The formal training aims to cover the following goals:

    • Explore various home composting options.

    • Understand the biology associated with different composting systems.

    • Discover the benefits and uses of compost.

    • Learn about alternative methods to reduce yard waste.

    • Gain hands-on experience in both composting and vermicomposting.

    • Acquire the skills to troubleshoot issues related to compost and vermicompost.

    • Learn how to effectively utilize finished compost and vermicompost in your garden.


    Please register and select your training option using this link.

    Recycling 1-2-3

    Overview: Join the recycling revolution! Discover effective ways to sort your recyclables and how to handle waste that cannot be placed in your curbside bin

    Wednesday, June 19, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    Meeting link: 

    Meeting number: 2663 056 5539

    Password: GReFp2Fzw92

    Wednesday, December 18, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    Meeting link: 

    Meeting number: 2664 849 7802

    Password: pZCBiyPM788

    Virtual & On-Demand Classes



    Food Waste-Food Rescue

    Food Waste-Food Rescue

    Green Home Series

    Green Home Series

    Green Landscaping

    Green Landscaping

    Intro to Climate Change

    Intro to Climate Change

    Intro to Environmental Justice

    Intro to Environmental Justice

    Recycling 1-2-3

    Recycling 1-2-3



    Zero Waste Hero

    Zero Waste Hero