Registration Open Now for Winter 2022

Compost Ambassador is a new training program offered by University of Illinois Extension Cook County. The four 2-hour sessions will cover Composting Basics, Usage, Quality, and Municipal and Community Composting. The training will include an optional field trip to a commercial composting facility and a one-time volunteer opportunity to participate in a Community Compost Collection to share your new knowledge and make an immediate impact by removing organic materials from the waste stream. 

Topics covered include:

  • How to compost: backyard, three-bin, tumbler method, vermicomposting, and more
  • The science of composting: why compost is such a valuable soil amendment
  • Troubleshooting your pile: smell abatement and critter mitigation
  • How to join composting movements in your local community
  • Practical ways to create and advocate for a strong culture of composting in Illinois.

Class meets online via Zoom January 13, February 10, March 10, and April 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Attendance at and participation in these lectures is expected. Dedication to course materials outside of class time is expected. The optional in-person volunteer opportunity will be offered Saturday April 16 or 23. The optional field trip date is to be determined but will take place on a Saturday in late March or early April. 

Cost is $40.

Register now to reserve your spot. Registration is limited to 30. 

If you'd like to be added to an interest list for future compost training programs in Cook County, contact Sarah Batka via email or call 217-300-8636.