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Master Composter Training Course 9 September 2009

The Department of Local Government and the Environment, working in partnership with Zero Waste Mann, is sponsoring a Master Composter training course on the 12th and 13th September at Laxey Glen Gardens. The course involves training 21 local residents, who have volunteered to act as ‘composting gurus’, in the art of home-composting. This includes what materials to use, how to compost, troubleshooting, bugs and beasties, health and safety, and using the compost . The 21 Master Composters will then be able to cascade their knowledge and training throughout the Island by, for example, leading compost demonstrations, giving talks to interest groups and schools, or writing articles.

Master Composter is an initiative run in the UK by the charity Garden Organics (http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk), and is accredited by The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management. Home-composting is considered an excellent way to prevent waste as it promotes the use of organic materials and avoids the need to put it in the bin. It also provides an excellent growing medium for residents wanting to ‘grow their own’ food, which in turn helps reduce the need to import food and reduces the Island’s Carbon Footprint.

On the afternoon of Sunday 13th, between 2.00 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. the Master Composters will be available to demonstrate their skills to members of the public wishing to learn more about the art of home composting. There will also be a display of different types of composter units in the Laxey Glen Gardens Pavilion, together with information leaflets on home composting.

The Minister for the Department John Shimmin MHK said

’’I am delighted that by working in partnership, the Department and Zero Waste Mann have been able to arrange such an excellent training opportunity on the Island. We all have responsibility for the amount waste we produce. Home composting is a simple, yet really effective, way to reduce the amount of waste we throw away”.

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