Master Composters

Learn what Master Composters do and how you can become a Suffolk Master Composter volunteer.

What are Master Composters?

Master Composters are community volunteers that act as composting ambassadors in their local community.

They help:

  • raise awareness of the benefits of composting
  • encourage more people to compost at home
  • support those who already compost


Man and two boys in front of a what to compost and what not to poster

Become a Suffolk Master Composter volunteer


Watch existing Suffolk Master Composters talking about their experiences and how the scheme works.

See events and what master composters are up to on their Facebook page.

You don't have to have any prior knowledge of composting or even be particularly 'green-fingered' to become a Master Composter volunteer. New volunteers are trained via a FREE Foundation Training course (see details below).

All you need is an interest in learning about the subject and a willingness to give up a bit of time (30 hours) to share your new-found knowledge with others.

Volunteers can help in many ways, common examples include:

  • provide advice on home composting to individuals

  • visit schools in their community to talk about composting and recycling

  • promote the benefits of composting in local media

  • give talks to community, residents and allotment groups

  • set up displays to encourage home composting

  • help promote future sales of subsidised compost bins

  • help develop community composting schemes

  • help with the administration of the scheme

  • create educational resources

Training is free to new volunteers and ongoing support and travel expenses are paid during the course of volunteering activities. Master composters may have to undertake a DBS check depending on the type of activity they are involved in. The cost of this will be covered by the scheme.

Next free Foundation Training course


Unfortunately due to the current outbreak of Covid-19 virus and following the Government guidelines around social distancing we have cancelled the Foundation Training for new volunteers (planned for April 25th). We hope to rearrange for a new date in Autumn this year if the situation changes in the coming months. Any new date for the re-scheduled training will be listed here but please see the contacts below if you would like to express an interest in attending.

To find out more or to be added to the waiting list for the 2020 Foundation Training Course, please contact Craig Renton on 01473 264795 or email

Please note we are able to train up to 20 new volunteers and places will be issued on a first come first served basis so please contact as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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If you are a group, organisation or school, and would like some advice from a Suffolk Master Composter please email