Master Composter training starts March 30

Applications being accepted now

Kris Major, Education Coordinator, (509) 625-6521

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 5 p.m.

The City of Spokane and Spokane County are offering a series of free classes this spring to residents from participating jurisdictions of the new Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System (SCRSWS). This course is for residents in participating jurisdictions who want to learn simple, natural ways to build and retain healthy soil, reduce waste and pollution, and make a valuable contribution to the community.

The Master Composter/Recycler training program includes seven sessions that include lecture, discussion and hands-on activities, as well as participation at the annual Spring Compost Fair at Finch Arboretum.

Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from March 30 through April 29 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and two Saturdays – April 4 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and April 25 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 SCRSWS 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 disposal, 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. 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 13. For information, visit or call 509.625.6580. An application form is attached.