Compost Mentor Project

Following is the press release from Cornwall Waste Action for the Compost Mentor project in Falmouth. Transition Falmouth partnered Falmouth Green Centre on a bid for this project.

Cornwall Waste Action (CWA) are recruiting members of the public to become compost mentors in Falmouth as part of the Cornwall Community Food and Composting Project (CCFC).

The project will promote local food production and composting in six major towns and their surrounding areas in the county. CWA will increase composting awareness and community involvement through the recruitment and training of local people to become composting mentors within the target areas.

CWA Co-ordinator Guy Doncaster says,

“Research has shown that at least a third of the contents of an average household rubbish bin can be composted as well as garden waste. Home composting is the key to diverting significant amounts of food waste from landfill, where it creates methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, resulting in global warming and climate change.”

Mr Doncaster added

“Recycling kitchen and garden waste at a household level makes sense, as it is reduces the need for the transport and the land filling of waste. It is the perfect closed-loop system, where the householder is the waste producer, processor, and the end user.”

Volunteers will form a network of composting mentors and will be supported in their activities by the CWA Compost Development Worker Marie Libert, who was recently recruited to co-ordinate the project and was previously working in community composting in London.

Ms Libert says,

“Mentors will promote home composting in their own communities by providing advice to friends, family and neighbours as well as attending local events. We will provide support for volunteers through structured training sessions about composting, enabling mentors to go back into their own communities to promote composting and be a source of knowledge and support to new and existing composters.

Mentors will act as a group of enthusiastic volunteers, who will help CWA raise the necessary awareness about the importance of home composting, through peer support and community awareness to enable behavioural change.”

Marie Libert added,

“Volunteers will be recruited from the targeted communities and we want to support local people from different backgrounds and experiences, you will not be expected to be a gardener or even a current composter, as training will be provided.

The initiative will allow participants to learn about composting and how it links with gardening and the wider environment. Participants will meet new people and learn new skills that make a difference to their community through sustainable resource use and practical local activity that supports the re-engagement of community spirit”.

CCFC is a partnership project between CWA, Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C) and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG), it is funded by Local Food which is part of the Changing Spaces programme from Big Lottery Fund and other local funders.

Anyone interested in becoming a compost mentor should contact Marie on 01209 210883

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