Volunteer Composters Needed!

Suffolk Master Composters are inviting green-minded enthusiasts to join their ranks and master the art of composting this spring time.

New volunteers will receive expert training from the Suffolk Waste Partnership and Garden Organic to enable them to act as composting ambassadors – encouraging the public to compost through promotional talks, events and demonstrations.

The next two-day Suffolk Master Composter foundation course takes place in March. Those who attend do have a choice of dates for attending day two.

All sessions will take place at Stowmarket Community Centre, Hillside, Stowmarket. Day one takes place on Saturday, March 18 and day two is either on Sunday, March 19 or Tuesday, March 21.

Composting resources and on-going support will also be provided throughout the volunteers’ involvement. In return, volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of 30 hours to the scheme – promoting the composting message through a wide range of methods including talks to local organisations, visits to schools, writing articles and running information stalls at public events.

No experience is required to join the scheme – all that is needed is an interest in composting and a desire to support your local community.

Councillor Clive Arthey, Suffolk Waste Partnership Chair, said:

“Suffolk Master Composter volunteers have an important role to play in promoting the many benefits of home composting to the people of Suffolk and supporting those who are already trying it.

Many people are unaware that more than a third of the contents of the average household bin can be composted. It’s environmentally the best way of dealing with this waste and better for our pockets.

As well as creating great free fertiliser for the garden, home composting helps towards achieving the council’s recycling targets and divert as much waste from disposal as possible.”

Master Composter Mike Shave from Thurston is one of 80 volunteers who have completed their training since the scheme began in November 2007. Mike said:

The training course was informal and fun and of a really high quality. It included the essentials of home composting, loads of information and practical demonstrations, which cover most of the questions that you might have to deal with as a Master Composter.

I love meeting people from all walks of life and so many people are very receptive and glad of the advice we can give. It has also been a joy to meet and volunteer with a great group of like-minded people.”

If you are interested in attending please contact Waste Advisor Craig Renton: 01473 264795 / [email protected].

For more information on the Suffolk Master Composter scheme and training course content, please visit: www.greensuffolk.org/recycling

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