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Could you be a Somerset Compost Champion?

By NickCaterSWP  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

Championing compost: making the most of a free resource

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Somerset's Compost Champions scheme needs new volunteer recruits who can pass on their skills.

Free one-day training is being offered on 23 February to Somerset residents who will undertake to promote the benefits of home composting in their community or at local events.

Organised by Carymoor Environmental Trust, the Compost Champions scheme is backed by Somerset Waste Partnership and Viridor, and is linked with the Green Routine waste prevention campaign.

Compost Champions visit events and give talks all over Somerset , sharing their expertise with the public and passing on practical hints and tips.

Almost a third of the waste produced from Somerset 's households could be home composted, transforming food and garden waste into a great free fertiliser.

Compost Champions make a big impact in reducing waste to landfill and really enjoy being out in the Somerset community, sharing their skills and making a real difference.

Since the scheme began in 2009, 40 volunteers have been trained as Compost Champions.

Home composting combines kitchen scraps - fruit and veg peelings, tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells - with cardboard, bedding and manure from vegetarian pets, and garden waste to create free mulch and soil conditioner.

Carymoor pays Compost Champions reasonable travel expenses, provides display materials and is available to give advice if needed.

The training day will be at Carymoor Environmental Trust, near Castle Cary, 10am-4.30pm, Saturday 23 February 2013.

For details or to book: 01963 350143 or rupert.farthing@carymoor.org.uk.

PS: Help families save £50 a month with free Green Routine food training - details of half-day classes in Highbridge (22 March) and Glastonbury (23 March) here: http://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/more/green-routine-2013/free-training/

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