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

We are pleased to confirm the date for the next Foundation training course for new volunteers will take place in April 2022, having been unable to provide Foundation Training durinig 2020 & 2021 due to the pandemic. 

Suffolk Master Composters Foundation Training

Friday 22nd April - 9.30am to 5pm 

Training venue tbc (likely to be a Mid Suffolk venue)

This day in mandatory for any new volunteers wishing to join the scheme. We will be organising a second optional part-day training to include a tour of a large-scale composting facility.Please be aware if the situation regarding Covid-19 changes in the coming weeks, we may need to deliver the training online to comply with social distancing measures - but at this stage it is our intention to deliver 'in-person' training at a central Suffolk venue.

To find out more or to be added to the waiting list for the 2022 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