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Master Recycler Composter Eastside

Leaf CompostBecome an expert at recycling, backyard composting and sustainable gardening -- join a select team of Eastside residents empowered to share knowledge with friends, neighbors and the community at large.

Modeled after Seattle's highly successful Master Composter/Soil Builder program, MRC Eastside participants receive 28 hours of education including classroom learning, field trips and hands-on practice in:

  • soil science
  • integrated pest management
  • Diggingcomposting food and yard waste using a variety of techniques
  • the ins and outs of curbside recycling

Take Your Learning to the Next Level

Community outreach and education is an essential component of the MRC Eastside program and a powerful form of environmental action! After completing the course, graduates are paired with a mentor to deepen their knowledge and complete 35 hours of volunteer service in one of four specialized outreach tracks: community outreach events, waste-stream auditing, sustainability stewardship at local institutions and community sustainability projects.

Training Dates & Times

Training is a 4 week, 8 session, in-depth educational experience with four Wednesday evenings and four Saturday sessions. Attendance is mandatory.

Compost Team

Wednesdays - Classroom Training

April 1, 8, 15, 22
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: McAuliffe Park, Solarium Classroom, 108th Ave. NE, Kirkland 98034
Develop a foundation in resource conservation and sustainability stewardship including soil science, Integrated Pest Management, waste reduction and curbside waste collection in four classroom sessions.

Saturdays - Hands-on Training 

April 4, 11, 18, 25
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: McAuliffe Park, Solarium Classroom, 108th Ave. NE, Kirkland 98034
Build practical skills and gain expertise in backyard composting, soil building, organic gardening and how to be an effective community educator.  


Participants earn certification as an Eastside Master Recycler Composter after completing the training and an additional 35 hours of service hours.

Learn While You Teach

Following your training, you’ll deepen your own knowledge while educating others. Graduates work with a mentor in one of four areas of interest.

Gloves & Tools_MRC EastsideCommunity Outreach Events – Get out there and get people fired up about sustainability by running booths at fun, local events. Bring along a worm bin and educational resources, and inspire people to reduce waste and take environmental action in their own lives.

Waste-stream Auditing – Local businesses and institutions generate a lot of waste. You can help! Run waste-stream audits to identify opportunities to divert waste from landfills, increase composting and recycling and make plans for more efficient waste-sorting systems. We’re taking about massive waste-reduction!

Install Food Digester_MRC Eastside

Institutional Sustainability Stewardship – Are you involved at a local community center, church or school? Use your sustainability knowledge to provide ongoing mentorship and lead workshops on anything from composting to water conservation at local institutions. Then watch the ripple effect! 

Community Sustainability Projects – Get your hands dirty while planning and constructing compost and water conservation systems at community gardens, schools, etc. From building worm bins, to caring for drip irrigation, to creating signage for sustainability demonstrations, help your community get green! 

Note: your full course deposit will be returned if you complete your 35 hour service commitment within one year of completing coursework. 


Training is held at McAuliffe Park (108th Ave. NE in Kirkland) and various sites on the Eastside.

  • Deposit: A deposit of $75 is required to participate in the program. The deposit will be refunded when 35 hours of volunteer outreach are completed within one year of training.

Applications are DUE by March 14 at 5 p.m. Download the application in Word or PDF formats. To apply, please complete the application form and email to (subject line: MRC Eastside Application) or mail to:

Seattle Tilth
Attn: MRC Eastside Application
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98103

Open House -- Join Us!

Find out more about the program by joining us for an information session on Wednesday, March 4; 6-7:30 p.m. at McAuliffe Park (108th Ave. NE in Kirkland).


For more information, contact, (206) 633-0451 ext. 109 or, ext. 124.

MRC Eastside is a partnership of the City of Issaquah, the City of Kirkland, the Washington State Department of Ecology and Seattle Tilth.


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