Garden Organic

Norfolk Master Composters

Norfolk MC volunteer opportunities

Garden Organic and Norfolk County Council are looking for enthusiastic local volunteers in Norfolk to get involved in the Master Composter programme. Volunteer Master Composters will be fully trained, provided with ongoing support, and become part of a network of like-minded volunteers. Being a compost expert (or in fact knowing anything about composting!) is not essential to become a volunteer. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to spread the compost message in your local community and encourage more people to start composting at home.

If you are interested in becoming a Norfolk Master Composter we will be holding our next foundation training course in May 2022 (date and venue to be confirmed).

You can apply by clicking the ‘Fill in an application’ button below or for further information please contact local Volunteer Coordinator David Hawkyard on

More about the programme

Norfolk Master Composters started in November 2006. The main aim of the programme is to raise awareness amongst the wider public of the benefits of composting, through a network of volunteer advisors.

Since its inception, 307 trained volunteers have spent over 11,000 hours promoting home composting in the county.

The Norfolk programme operates as a partnership between Garden Organic and Norfolk County Council.

MC’s are volunteers who spend time promoting home composting in their local community, encouraging householders to take up composting and ensuring those already composting do so effectively. MC’s come from many backgrounds and age groups; their unifying feature is their enthusiasm for composting and their ability to engage with and make a difference to their local community.

People’s attitudes and behaviour can be influenced by family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues and it is for this reason that our volunteers can provide a unique and much needed role.

Waste Management in Norfolk and the disposal and recycling costs of waste produced, has been highlighted as one of the important issues that Norfolk County Council has to address, in an effort to minimise costs to the taxpayer and respond to the reduction in budgets across the department. By working with residents across the county the Master Composter volunteers play a very important role in helping to realise this, help with the reduction of residual waste, and achieve maximum rates of diversion.

Further Information

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