Master Composters’ wanted in Suffolk

ENTHUSIASTIC environmental volunteers are being asked to step forward for the chance to be trained as a ‘Suffolk Master Composter’.

A free two day Master Composter foundation course will be held at Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May from 10am to 4pm. Volunteers will be trained to act as composting ambassadors - encouraging the public to compost through promotional talks and demonstrations.  

Trainee Master Composters with be equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to educate and support Suffolk residents. They will find out more about the benefits of home composting to the environment and the householder and how the composting process works.

Composting resources and support will be provided throughout the scheme. In return volunteers are asked to commit to at least 30 hours - promoting the composting message through a wide range of methods.

Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for waste said: "Suffolk Master Composters have an important role to play in promoting the many benefits of home composting to the people of Suffolk. Many people are unaware that more than a third of the contents of the average household bin can be composted.

“As well as creating great free fertiliser for the garden, home composting helps towards achieving the council’s target of diverting as much waste from landfill as possible. This in turn helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

 

Existing Master Composters have attended local community events, visited environmental clubs at local schools and even helped an allotment establish a communal composting facility.

 Master Composter, David Wright from Tuddenham, is one of 50 volunteers who have completed their training since the scheme began in November 2007.  

 

David said, "The course was not only instructive but was carried out by dedicated enthusiasts who made the content 'fun to learn'. It is very rewarding to talk to the public about waste reduction, recycling and home composting in particular.

“So many people are very receptive and glad of the advice– in particular children who are usually very enthusiastic about green issues. It has also been a joy to meet and volunteer with a great group of like-minded people".

 

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

 

By Becky Whiting on May 11th, 2012