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Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter, MPA
Public Works Information and Outreach Manager
Office: 509-477-7195

30th Anniversary of Master Composter/Recycler Program

Kicks off with 2018 Class-Applications Being Accepted Now

Compost demonstration at Finch Arboretum.

SPOKANE COUNTY, February 1, 2018 – For 30 years, the Spokane County Master Composters/Recyclers have taught others the value of reducing waste through better recycling and home composting. 2018, marks an important milestone for this popular program and you can be part of it. Applications are now being accepted for the next class sponsored by the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System (SCRSWS). The course is free and open to eligible county residents who want to learn simple, natural ways to build and maintain healthy soil, reduce waste and pollution, and make a valuable contribution to their community.

The Master Composter/Recycler training program is composed of 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 26 through April 30 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., and two Saturdays, March 31 from 8:30 a.m. to noon - and April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Spring Compost Fair. Most sessions are held at the WSI/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.

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. The deadline to apply is March 9. For applications or additional information, visit www.spokanecountysolidwaste.org or call 509.625.6580.

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