The Utah County Cooperative Extension Service of Utah State University is offering a Master Composter program to encourage better use of organic yard wastes.

"As much as 50 percent of what goes into the landfills is organic yard wastes," said USU horticulture specialist Brent L. Gledhill. "I am in hopes that through this program we can reduce the amount of organic yard wastes that goes into our landfills and also help people improve their soils."The notice for the class starting Nov. 20 was given in the regular meeting of the Utah County commissioners Monday. At the meeting, composting was praised as an alternative to burning refuse. Not only is composting a way to improve the soil, but burning adds to the pollution problems in Utah County.

The class will meet six times. A $10 fee will cover the costs of the manual and other handouts. The class will explain why and how to compost and recycle organic yard wastes. There will be a tour of composting sites. The final class, Dec. 11, will be on the construction of compost bins.

"It is hoped that those who take this class will be able to donate time in helping other people learn the information that they have gained by taking the class," said Gledhill.

For more information, call the extension service at 370-8460.