Master Recycler Composter Program

Master Recycler Composters are trained volunteers who teach the basics of home composting to the citizens of Thurston County. Participants receive 14 hours of hands-on training on a variety of composting subjects. Topics include kitchen and yard waste, worm bins, compost safety, how to maintain piles, troubleshooting, tips for compost application and much more.

It is our goal to provide a research-based composting program, as well as instruction to assist volunteers in becoming successful composters. The year after training, trainees must agree to give 35 hours of volunteer service working as community composting educators.

Master Recycler Composters can participate in a wide range of volunteer activities: giving free workshops on backyard composting to community members, staffing information booths at community events, giving composting presentations to community groups, helping Master Gardeners compost garden waste at our three demonstration garden composting sites, working with community organizations to help them learn the benefits of composting, and much more.

Master Recycler Composter training is conducted yearly in the spring. The training consists of several evening and Saturday classes. MRCs are expected to help at any of the demonstration gardens with the composting duties and also to be available for teaching at workshops sponsored throughout the year. It is another very valuable experience for those wishing to help educate the public on ways to decrease their contribution to land fills as well as make some of their own ‘Black Gold” to put on their gardens. To find out more information on the Master Recycler Composter Training, including application, go to or contact Cori Carlton, Program Coordinator or call 360-867-2162. Join us as we inform and inspire others about composting!