Master Composter Training 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, each year to train a knowledgeable core of citizens who can provide the residents of Ocean County with information on how they can manage the organic portion of their solid waste.
The premise of this 12-hour program is for the County to train volunteers, who will then agree to provide a total of 24 hours of outreach, education and service to promote the benefits of home composting.
The training is held at the Ocean County Recycling Education Center, located at the County's Northern Recycling Center.
The 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 in Ocean County.
Each applicant must complete an application and be sponsored by a group as this ensures the program with the opportunity to establish an outreach network.
Many types of groups can sponsor an applicant, including garden clubs, municipalities, environmental commissions, recycling committees, retirement communities or service clubs.
The course is limited to 20 persons.
For further assistance, contact Mary Jerkowicz, Program Monitor, at 732-506-5047.
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"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 seats are limited to 25 people.
For more information, please contact Mary Jerkowicz, Program Monitor 732-506-5047.
The next class will be held at Jakes Branch County Park on Saturday April 18, 2015, from 2-3:30pm.