A National Scheme for Help and Advice

Compost creatures display board promoting childrens activity.
See our schools page for more information

Garden Organic's  Master Composters are volunteers who encourage people in their local community to start composting at home, and offer support to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement.

Anyone can be a Master Composter – you do not have to already be an expert in composting as Master Composters are trained in 'how to compost' before they start their activities. There are Master Composters of every age group and they come from a wide variety of backgrounds. This contributes to the effectiveness of the scheme – Master Composters can reach parts that other compost promoting activities cannot reach as they talk to their friends, family and neighbours, attend village fairs and it has even been know for a Master Composter to hold a compost-themed children’s birthday party!

 Volunteer Master Composters are active in local communities nationwide. 

 

Master Composter Contacts

 

Cambridgeshire

For more information contact Garden Organic’s Project Coordinator in Cambridgeshire, Charlotte Mulderrig on cmulderrig@gardenorganic.org.uk

 

Coventry 

Garden Organic, enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk, tel. 024 7630 3517 Coventry City Council Master Composter co-ordinator - Recycling Champions, RecyclingChampions@coventry.gov.uk, tel: 024 7683 3945

 

Cumbria

 If you are interested in attending one of our training courses to become a Cumbria Master Composter please email our local coordinator Liz Sutton on lsutton@gardenorganic.org.uk

Request the help of a Master Composter . Please contact us at: enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk, or telephone 024 7630 3517

 

Gloucestershire

 Gloucestershire County Council Master Composter co-ordinator -

Kate Cole, waste@gloucestershire.gov.uk, tel: 01452 426 525

Become a Master Composter – Please contact either Garden Organic or Gloucestershire County Council if you are interested in becoming a Master Composter

Request the help of a Master Composter – do you need advice, want a composting talk or have an event Master Composters could attend? Please contact us and let us know.  Visit the Recycle for Gloucestershire website 

Garden Organic, enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk, tel. 024 7630

 

Leicestershire

Composter co-ordinator - Matthew Copley, matthew.copley@leics.gov.uk, tel: 0116 3058 280

Become a Master Composter – There are ongoing opportunities to join the programme as a volunteer, please contact Matthew Copley for more information

Request the help of a Master Composter – do you need advice, want a composting talk or have an event Master Composters could attend? Please contact us and let us know.

Visit www.lesswaste.org.uk/volunteering

Garden Organic, enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk, tel. 024 7630 3517 Leicestershire CC Master

For composting advice, visit www.carryoncomposting.com, created by one of the Leicestershire Master Composter team.

 

Norfolk

Become a Master Composter - The initial training is a two-day foundation course . If you are interested in attending the training course and becoming a Norfolk Master Composter email mastercomposters@norfolk.gov.uk or call Norfolk County Council’s Customer Service Centre on 0344 800 8020.

Request the help of a Master Composter - do you need advice, want a composting talk or have an event Master Composters could attend? Please contact us and let us know.

Garden Organic, enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk, tel. 024 7630 3517

 

Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire CC Master Composter co-ordinator - Eileen Robinson, Eileen.Robinson@Oxfordshire.gov.uk, tel: 07920 580 464

Become a Master Composter – Please contact either Garden Organic or Oxfordshire County Council if you are interested in becoming a Master Composter

Request the help of a Master Composter – do you need advice, want a composting talk or have an event Master Composters could attend? Please contact us and let us know.

Visit the Recycle for Oxfordshire website or read the Oxfordshire Master Composters' blog.

Garden Organic, enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk, tel. 024 7630 3517

 

Shropshire

Become a Master Composter – Please contact Garden Organic if you are interested in becoming a Master Composter

Request the help of a Master Composter – do you need advice, want a composting talk or have an event Master Composters could attend? Please contact us and let us know.

Garden Organic, enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk, tel. 024 7630 3517

Solihull

  Solihull County Council Master composter co-ordinator, parksmanagement@solihull.gov.uk, tel: 0121 704 6115

Become a Master Composter – Please contact wither Garden Organic or Solihull Metropiltan Council if you are interested in becoming a Master Composter

Request the help of a Master Composter – do you need advice, want a composting talk or have an event Master Composters could attend? Please contact us and let us know.

Visit the Love Solihull website

Garden Organic, enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk, tel. 024 7630 3517  

 

Suffolk

Become a Master Composter – Please contact Garden Organic or Suffolk County Council if you are interested in becoming a Master Composter

Request the help of a Master Composter – do you need advice, want a composting talk or have an event Master Composters could attend? Please contact us and let us know.

Visit www.greensuffolk.org/recycling/reduce-and-reuse/home-composting/master-composters/

Garden Organic, enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk, tel. 024 7630 3517

 

 Worcestershire

Become a Master Composter – Please contact Garden Organic if you are interested in becoming a Master Composter

Request the help of a Master Composter – do you need advice, want a composting talk or have an event Master Composters could attend? Please contact us and let us know.

Visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/search/str/master+composters+++Worcestershire/keywords_search

Garden Organic, enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk, tel. 024 7630 3517

 

 

 

 

Interested in starting a Master Composter Scheme in your area?

This section was taken from Garden Organic website

If you work in waste minimisation/recycling you may want to consider setting up a Master Composter scheme if there is not already one in your area. Whilst some capital input is required, this is offset by the positive influence of the Master Composters on diversion rates of biodegrable waste from landfill.

Things to think about when considering a Master Composter scheme:

  • Training: who will provide the Master Composters with the initial training they require on composting and home composting promotion?
  • Resources: what resources will you be able to provide eg uniforms, display resources, technical composting knowledge?
  • Support: the key to a successful Master Composter scheme is on-going, effective volunteer support. Garden Organic consider it is essential that there is a dedicated Master Composter 'Coordinator' to assist the volunteers in their day to day activities. Is there anyone available to take on this role and how much time will they have?
  • Monitoring: to justify the activity it will be important to monitor impacts and outputs.

Garden Organic provide a comprehensive Master Composter Programme that encompasses all aspects of a Master Composter scheme, or they can supply certain aspects as required.

 To find out more about Master Composter schemes and what Garden Organic can offer you, please contact:
The Sustainable Waste Team at Ryton Organic Gardens
Telephone: 024 7630 3517
Email: enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk