Clark County offers composting classes

Program includes recycling, cleaning tips and hot-pile contest

By Dameon Pesanti, Columbian staff writer

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To the uninitiated, composting may seem as simple as tossing old vegetables into a hole and letting nature do the rest, but a true expert will say there is more nuance behind crafting a nutritious substrate.

For those interested in learning the tricks of the trade, Clark County is accepting applications for the 2018 Master Composter/Recycler training program.

The training course offers information and resources on composting, proper recycling, and environmentally friendly cleaning and building techniques.

Classes will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays for 10 weeks starting Jan. 24 and ending March 28.

Instructors will teach people how to build a worm bin and green cleaning kit, form a team to build a compost pile and compete in a hot-pile contest, and build soil tilth.

Participants will also tour a transfer station, worm farm and a compost demonstration site. They will also be invited to attend master composting social events and enrichment opportunities.

The program is sponsored by Public Health’s Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach. There is no charge for attending, however, participants are asked to volunteer for 30 hours within a year of the program.

Those who complete the course successfully will be certified as master composters/recyclers and considered waste reduction ambassadors for Clark County.

“Over the years, our Master Composter/Recycler volunteers have provided extraordinary service to the community,” Pete DuBois, Master Composter Recycler coordinator, said in a news release. “They exemplify environmental stewardship in diverse and remarkable ways.”

The program is open to anyone. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2xu3X86.