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Master Composters Help Seattleites Keep Food Waste Out of the Landfill

Seattle Tilth Trains Volunteer Compost Educators this Spring

Feb 05, 2015

[Seattle]  Did you know that Seattle now prohibits food waste from going in the garbage? Food waste in landfills is a big problem, accounting for nearly one quarter of methane emissions in the US. Alternatively, when it’s kept out of the garbage and composted, food waste is an incredibly useful soil amendment, turning garbage into “gardener’s gold.” The benefits of compost are huge - reducing global warming, storm water pollution and waste, while building healthy soil and growing healthy plants.

Now in its 30th year, Seattle Tilth offers the Master Composter / Soil Builder program in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities to train community members to become compost educators. Community members participate in 28 hours of classroom learning, hands-on practice and field trips. They learn how to compost food and yard waste while learning about soil science, natural yard care and recycling. Training includes eight sessions during four weeks starting on Tuesday, March 24 in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood (4649 Sunnyside Ave N).

After the training, Master Composters contribute 35 hours of volunteer outreach teaching practical techniques to other community members. Volunteers work on projects of their own choosing – at schools, churches, community centers, businesses and community gardens.

Apply by March 14

The Master Composter program is for Seattle residents only. King County residents who live outside of Seattle are encouraged to apply to similar programs we offer in King County. Applications are due March 14. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Questions? Come to an Info Session!

Interested and want to learn more about this program? Attend one of the following info sessions:

  • Monday, Feb. 16, 6-7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N)
  • Thursday, Mar. 5 in South Seattle (TBA, check the website for details)


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The Master Composter/Soil Builder program is managed by Seattle Tilth and sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities.


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