The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) will offer a Master Composting Program in Salmon Arm on July 14.
“The program is designed to train people to teach and help other people how to compost,” says Waste Reduction Facilitator Carmen Fennell,, adding that Golden residents who recently took a similar program were very positive. “We are excited to have a program in the Shuswap.”
The day-long program gives participants in-depth information on composting and recycling in a classroom-type setting and includes a hands-on component. Revelstoke residents are invited to participate in this program as well, and mileage will be paid for anyone travelling from Revelstoke to attend.
“The idea is to have knowledgeable people in the community who can be a community resource,” Fennell said. “This is really an effective way to encourage people to reuse, reduce, recycle and re-think what they’re throwing in the landfill.”
The training is free of charge and participants will receive a free Earth Machine composter. However, participants are asked, in return, to spend 35 hours within the next two years promoting composting in some fashion.
“As long as they’re passing along that information, it can be done in any number of ways,” she said. “It’s really self-directed. They can volunteer at a recycle fair, or give a presentation to their child’s class, or host a backyard party for friends and neighbours and talk about composting more informally.”
The Master Composting Program takes place at the CSRD Board Room at 781 Marine Park Drive Salmon Arm. Lunch will be provided.
For more information please contact Carmen Fennell 250-833-5936.