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Master Composter / Recycler Program

Master Composter Recycler Training Examples

Master Composter Recycler Training

2023 Spring Training


– Vermicomposting
– Backyard Composting
– Food Waste Prevention
– Comprehensive Recycling

4-week course • Wednesdays – May 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2023

Course fee: $50
(Including: class materials, tours and hands-on workshops.)

Information Flyer (pdf)

Who are Master Composter/Recyclers?
Master Composter/Recyclers are stewards of natural resources who educate the community about recycling, organic waste reduction, backyard composting, reducing toxics at home and in the environment, building soil, and growing food. As volunteers, they are trained by and work in partnership with WSU Whatcom County Extension.

What We Do
Master Composter/Recyclers volunteer in classrooms, community gardens, and at special events to demonstrate sustainable approaches towards resource management using research-based composting and recycling education. Contact to request a visit from Master Composter/Recycler volunteers.

Local partners include:

WSU Master Gardener Program
Toward Zero Waste
Bellingham Food Bank
RE Sources
Community Gardens (City of Bellingham)
Community Gardens (WSU Whatcom County Extension)

Compost in gloved hands

Master Composter/Recycler Training
Master Composter/Recycler training is designed to teach and empower Whatcom County residents. Master Composters will create a functional home composting system, understand the basics of decomposition and soil science, know the nuances of composting and recycling in Whatcom County, and extoll the significance of soil building and waste/resource management from local, regional, and global perspectives.

Interested in the upcoming training? Topics include vermicomposting, backyard compost systems, soil science, food waste prevention, Toward Zero Waste, disposal of toxics and recycling updates.

Classroom time, materials, discussion with experts, and field trips.

Training is followed by volunteer action in the community.

For more information, please contact:
Master Composter/Recycler Coordinator
(360) 778-5811

Food waste in bin

A short video from the current Compost Class:


Composters standing by newly constructed bins

WSU Whatcom Master Composter & Recycler Logo

For more information:
Master Composter/Recycler Coordinator
(360) 778-5811

hands-on making compost


Backyard Composting Brochure

Worm Composting Basics

Why Compost Flyer