UF/IFAS online adds new composting and recycling courses

Our Waste Reduction program has added two new courses to UF/IFAS Extension Online Learning.

Through online classroom learning, these classes will frame the environmental issues facing your community, aiming to create action steps moving forward.

“Composting Basics” is focuses on how to compost and vermicompost. Composting is the breakdown of organic materials by microorganisms; where vermicomposting utilizes worms. Anybody can compost; even apartment dwellers. All you need is a little space, water, air, some organic material, and the desire. Compost will happen!


  • The Issue of Food Waste
  • Backyard Composting
  • Vermicomposting

“Recycle Right” focuses on recycling, with waste reduction, recycling, composting, and other topics on tap throughout the course. The course takes a deeper look at recycling, food waste, challenges and obstacles, and related environmental issues in Florida and beyond. We aim to involve individuals passionate about protecting the environment and willing to work to make our community healthier, but welcome everyone interested in learning. The goal is to facilitate a discussion about the state of recycling.


  • The State of Recycling
  • Single Stream Recycling
  • Community Recycling Programs
  • Green Business Partnerships

Course instructor: Randall Penn, waste reduction agent, who is responsible for designing, coordinating, evaluating and reporting on a research-based education program that focuses on solid waste. Visit UF/IFAS Extension Online Learning to enroll in either or both of these self-paced courses.


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Posted: August 12, 2020

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources
Tags: Composting, Environmental Sustainability, Pgm_Waste, Recycling

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