Master Composter training starts March 24

Applications for the classes being accepted now

Kris Major, Regional Solid Waste System, Education Coordinator, 509.625.6521

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.

The Spokane Regional Solid Waste System (SRSWS) is offering a series of free classes this spring to residents of Spokane County who want to learn simple, natural ways to build and retain healthy soil, reduce waste and pollution, and make a valuable contribution to their community.

The Master Composter/Recycler training program includes six sessions that include lecture, discussion, and hands-on activities, as well as participation at the annual Arbor Day Compost Fair at Spokane’s Finch Arboretum.

Classes are held on five consecutive Mondays from March 24 through April 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, March 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Spring Compost Fair. Most sessions are held at the WSU/Spokane County Extension building at 222 N. Havana.

Classes are taught by Master Composters/Recyclers and SRSWS staff. After completion of all class sessions, participants receive a certificate of completion and a complimentary compost bin.

Topics include the benefits of home composting, the science of composting, compost pile building and troubleshooting, vermicomposting (composting with worms), recycling and household hazardous waste, and community education and outreach. Field trips to the Waste to Energy facility, the Barr-Tech commercial compost facility, and the Waste Management SMaRT Recycling Center are planned.

Individuals who complete the program agree to volunteer at least 40 hours helping others learn more about composting and recycling through presentations, working in outreach booths and at clean-up events, or whatever activities fit their skills. This involvement is in exchange for training, materials and the compost bin.

Class size is limited, and applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline to apply is March 14. For applications or additional information, visit the Solid Waste page or call 509.625.6580.