WSU Whatcom County Extension

Community Horticulture

WSU Whatcom County Extension        

Master Composter/
Recycler Program


2016 Master Composter/ Recycler Training

INFO Flyer (pdf)

February 18 – April 2, 2016
Thursdays, 5pm – 7pm
Saturday field trips, 10am – 2pm
WSU Whatcom County Extension
1000 N. Forest St, Suite 201
$90 General Tuition
$40 Student/Scholarship rate
Space is limited! Apply now!
Apply Online (link)
Download Application (pdf)
Printed applications are available in the office.
Mail/Drop Off Applications to:
1000 N. Forest St., Suite 201
Bellingham, WA 98225



Who are Master Composter/Recyclers?

Master Composter/Recyclers are stewards of energy transformation who educate the community about cycling local resources, 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 work in classrooms, in community gardens, and at special events to demonstrate sustainable approaches towards resource management using research-based composting and recycling education. Contact Amberose Kelley ( to request a visit from Master Composter/Recycler volunteers.

Local partners include:
     - WSU Master Gardener Program
     - Toward Zero Waste
     - Bellingham Food Bank
     - Community Gardens


Master Composter/Recycler Training

INFO Flyer (pdf)
Master Composter/Recycler training is for people of all levels of composting and gardening experience and may serve as a complement to Master Gardener training or stand alone. Certified 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. Best of all, they will enter into a supportive community of fellow composters, recyclers and gardeners.

To become a Certified Master Composter/Recycler, applicants must complete 40 hours of training and 40 hours of volunteer time as a community educator. Tuition includes classroom and construction materials, discussion with experts, and field trips.

For more information, please contact:
Amberose Kelley (
Master Composter/Recycler Coordinator
(360) 778-5814






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