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Master Composter Program


The Ocean County Master Composter Training Program, which received an NJDEP award in 2008 for Outstanding Achievement in Recycling/Educational Program, is offered once annually (subject to demand) to train a knowledgeable core of citizens who can provide the residents of Ocean County with information on how they can manage the organic portions of their solid waste.

The premise of this 12-hour program is for the county to train volunteers, who then agree to provide a total of 24 hours of outreach, education, and service to promote the benefits of home composting.

Training is held at the Ocean County Recycling Education Center, located at the county's Northern Recycling Center in Lakewood Township.

This program is provided free of charge to Ocean County residents and taxpayers. The non-resident fee is $75.00 per person. Non-residents must also complete their outreach commitment within Ocean County.

Each applicant must complete an application and obtain sponsorship by a group, in order to ensure the program continued opportunities to establish an outreach network.

Many types of groups can sponsor an applicant, including: garden clubs, municipalities, environmental commissions, recycling committees, retirement communities and service clubs.




Fall Master Composter Training Courses


Fall Master Composter Training Courses were cancelled for 2020. New dates TBA

Course is limited to 20 persons. Apply online (available following formal announcement) or contact Sandra Blain-Snow at (732) 506-5047 or compost@co.ocean.nj.us.

"How To" Compost Class


"How To Compost" classes are offered at the Recycling Education Center during the spring and fall of each year; free of charge to county residents.

Master Composter volunteers provide the instruction for these classes. Pre-registration is required and classes are limited to 25 people.

How to compost webinar


If you want to learn about composting you can join our How to Compost Classes --- Join our webinar on September 30th, 2020 Register Here

How to compost webinar September 30th, 2020 Webex


Kids Can Compost Too! [PDF] - This colorful brochure for children explains the basics behind composting and its environmental benefits.

Do you want to learn how to compost and join our volunteer program? Help Your Community by Becoming an Ocean County Master Composter Volunteer

Master Composter Training Courses take place during Fall every year, the class is usually 2 Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2020 dates TBA. The premise of this 12-hour program is for the county to train volunteers, who then agree to provide a total of 24 hours of outreach, education, and service to promote the benefits of home composting. This program is provided free of charge to Ocean County residents and taxpayers. The non-resident fee is $75.00 per person. Non-residents must also complete their outreach commitment within Ocean County.

Training is held at the Ocean County Recycling Education Center, located at the county's Northern Recycling Center in Lakewood Township.

If you see an opportunity to volunteer for one of these events, please call Sandra Blain-Snow at (732) 506-5047 or email compost@co.ocean.nj.us

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