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Master Composter Training Program


Click Here for the Fall 2017 Master Composter Training Program Application.

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.

Course is limited to 20 persons.





For further information or assistance contact Mary Jerkowicz, Senior Program Monitor, at (732) 506-5047 or mjerkowicz@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.

Check back here for info about upcoming "How To Compost" courses, dates to be announced.


For further information or assistance you may contact Mary Jerkowicz, Senior Program Monitor, at (732) 506-5047 or mjerkowicz@co.ocean.nj.us.