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Volunteers needed to help Suffolk get composting

Thursday, 17th March 2016.

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 April. Day one takes place in one location, but those who attend do have a choice of locations for attending day two.

-Saturday 2 April at Red Gables Community Centre, Stowmarket (Day 1 of training)

-Tuesday 12 April at Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve, Bury St Edmunds or Saturday 16 April at the Copleston Centre, Ipswich (Day 2 of training)

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 a wide range of methods such as; 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: "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. 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."

Master Composter, Claire Tolliday from Ipswich, is one of 70 volunteers who have completed their training since the scheme began in November 2007. Claire 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 Craig Renton, Waste Advisor on 01473 264795 or email mastercomposters@suffolk.gov.uk

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

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