RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy's Master Compost and Solid Waste Course


LEARN — How to build compost piles, how to use compost to improve your garden, the difference between good and bad insects, how worms eat garbage, and much more.

HAVE FUN — Make friends, share a common interest, take gardening and composting tours, join us for potluck dinners.

GIVE BACK — Educate your friends, neighbors, kids, teachers and community on the value of composting and vermicomposting (with worms).

NO FEE — The Course is NO-COST and includes training, a compost manual, compost books and other materials.

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The Master Compost and Solid Waste Course is part of the County of San Mateo's RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy (RVA) and is designed to extend composting information to the public through volunteers who have successfully completed a comprehensive training program. This no-cost educational program is made available through the County of San Mateo.

Course participants agree to give back to the community a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service in the form of approved educational outreach throughout the County. This can be done in a variety of ways such as giving workshops at schools, community centers, staffing a booth at the County Fair or writing a news release for a paper.

  • Program overview and basics of composting
  • Composting methods and processes; bin and pile building demonstration
  • Composting methods and processes; advanced
  • Compost biology: The soil foodweb and the biology of composting
  • Compost harvesting and use
  • Vermicomposting: life cycle, biology, set-up of various bins
  • Vermicomposting: biology, maintenance/feeding, harvest and use
  • The other 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

To find out more about the program, contact Eun-Soo Lim, RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy Program Coordinator, at (650) 599-1498 or