"Most people don't realize that we are facing a crisis with capacity at our state landfill - we are literally running out of room." said Sejal Lanterman, coordinator of the URI Master Composter training.. "We can all take action to address this problem. About 25-30 percent of the waste created in the home and garden is compostable material. Backyard composting is cheaper for society, better for the environment and great for the garden. So we're looking to train interested individuals to help us spread the word and get the job done."
The Master Composter program trains volunteers to compost and to become advocates for composting and recycling within their local community and around the state. To earn the title " URI Master Composter," participants in the program attend a 16 hour course and fulfill a volunteer commitment of at least 30 hours.
The program offers a number of opportunities for individuals to become more active in their community, to tour various composting facilities within the state (including the Rhode Island Central Landfill), and to learn practical composting skills through hands-on activities and listening to the experiences of knowledgeable composters.
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Any individual, from a beginner to an experienced composter, who has an interest in learning more about composting or recycling and is passionate about spreading this knowledge to the public.
The URI Master Composter training normally takes place in the spring and fall. Sign up for our emails, join the conversation on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay connected to the next training session or year-round compost workshops.
Master Composter Program
Starting a Compost Pile (PDF)
Brown is Green
CT DEP Recycling Program Handbook for K-12 Schools
California Organic Material Management
Center for Environmental Technology
Coalition for Environmental Responsible Conventions
Community Based Social Marketing
Cornell Master Composter Homepage
Earth Care Farm
EPA Source Reduction Handbook
EPA Laws/Statues about Composting
MA DEP Waste and Recycling
RI DEM Office of Waste Management
RI Farm Fresh
RI Resource Recovery
Service Learning on Recycling
US Composting Council
UVM Composting Program
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