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Volunteers needed to help Suffolk get composting

Posted by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils on 29 March 2018 | Comments

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

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.

The next free two-day Suffolk Master Composter foundation course is on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 April 2018 at the Meeting Place, Limerick Close, Whitehouse, Ipswich, IP1 5LR from 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Composting resources and ongoing 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 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 David Bowman, Chair of the Suffolk Waste Partnership, said:

“More than a third of the contents of the average household bin can be composted at home. It’s environmentally the best way of dealing with this waste and better for our pockets.

“As well as creating great free soil improver for the garden, home composting helps towards achieving the Partnership’s recycling aims and divert as much waste from disposal as possible.

“Suffolk Master Composter volunteers have a very 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."

Master Composter, Naomi Drown from Woodbridge, said:

"The training course was of a really high quality but also informal and fun! It covered all 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’ve really enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life during my volunteering 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".

To book your place on the course, contact Craig Renton, Waste Advisor on 01473 264795 or email: mastercomposters@suffolk.gov.uk

More information on the Suffolk Master Composter scheme and the training course is available at: www.suffolkrecycling.org.uk/