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Master Composter Certificate Program

Become a New York City Certified Master Composter. Have fun and make new friends while helping your community!

The Master Composter Certificate Program is a "train-the-trainer" program with a community service component.  The course is for residents who would like to help the NYC Compost Project increase and promote composting in NYC. 

This course covers the following topics:

  • the small-scale composting process
  • how to use finished compost
  • how to design and build on-site compost systems
  • techniques for teaching others about composting

Anyone who has an interest in composting can become a Master Composter! The prerequisites are an enthusiasm for acquiring and sharing knowledge about composting and the interest and time to participate. Master Composters are valued volunteers trained to educate the public and stimulate enthusiasm for home composting.  

Master Composter Course Requirements:

  • 24 hours of classroom instruction
  • 2 off-site field trips
  • 30 hours of community service helping to advance small-scale composting in NYC
  • Course material is $40 (limited scholarships are available)
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age

Participants design projects according to their interests; projects might include giving classes at schools, building compost bins at community gardens, giving workshops at block parties, creating a community compost site or working to improve current NYC Compost Project Community Compost Sites.

Eligibility: Participants must live or work in New York City.

Fee: Course material fee $40; limited scholarships are available.

Deadline:  February 8, 2015.  Apply online.

Class dates and time: Eight Mondays, 6:00 to 9:00pm. March 16, 23, 30; April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11.

Field trips: 2 weekend days in Spring 2015, details TBA

Location: Queens Botanical Garden.

Contact the NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden staff by email or phone 718.539.LAWN (5296) with your questions.


The NYC Compost Project was created by the NYC Department of Sanitation in 1993 to provide compost education and outreach to NYC residents, community groups, city agencies and non-profits. The NYC Compost Project offers compost-related workshops and classes, runs the Master Composter Certificate Program, provides technical composting support, and tables at public events throughout all five boroughs. The NYC Compost Project also operates neighborhood-based food scrap drop-off opportunities and ensures that those food scraps are composted locally.



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