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International Compost Awareness Week

May 1-7, 2016

Across the United States and Canada, composting advocates will be encouraging everyone to Compost! Those who believe in the Compost Message will be planning events in their community to promote the value of compost. All types of composting events — from “do it yourself” composting in your backyard to large-scale community-wide composting — can be promoted during the week.

The theme for 2016 is: Compost-the Soil and Water Connection!

“The City of San Jose has participated in International Compost Awareness Week since it’s inception. In addition to awareness campaigns for end users, we use ICAW to focus on key audiences such as elected officials and other public sector stakeholders who need to be reminded about the great work going on with compost production and use. We focus on high profile public activities such as community beautification and we use council commendations each year to highlight our processors and the projects they are supporting throughout the City. These campaigns help to get the word out about compost benefits, and show our appreciation for the valuable role our producers are playing in the community. We find greater support for compost programming as a result of the ongoing updates we provide for our community stakeholders and decision makers.”
Michele Young
City of San Jose
San Jose, California

Dating back to the first poster and events in 1999 ERTH Products, LLC. has grown our business and a family of friends through sponsorship and participation in ICAW activities. Year 2007 will always hold a special place in my heart as our granddaughter Lauren was the poster child. She had the opportunity to sit on the Governor’s lap as he signed the State Proclamation announcing ICAW that year. This year as in years past we will take ICAW to the 3rd grade students at Peachtree Elementary School  and talk about worms, soils and gardening. At the end of the program we pass out “Dirt Cups” made up of Oreo cookies and pudding with edible worms for desert. The kids love it and so do we. What great memories we have of years past.”
Wayne King
Erth Products, GA

A sampling of EVENTS, past and present

We love to hear about ICAW events! Use the form on the right to let us know about your event.  We’ll use it where we can in ICAW announcements and promotions.

North Carolina
The City of Asheville is hosting a compost bin sale on Saturday, May 8 2010. We will be selling the Earth Machine compost bin at the Asheville Mall parking lot for one day only. Contact: Wendy Simmons, Solid Waste Manager, Sanitation Division, Public Works Department, 828-259-5863,

The City of Fullerton is teaming with MG Disposal, the City’s trash contractor, to present a free compost give-away program Saturday, May 9, 2009 at Independence Park. The program, open to Fullerton residents only, will be held from 9-11:30 a.m., or until the compost runs out. Residents must bring their own containers or buckets for collecting the compost. Bags will not be accepted. There will be a limit of 60 gallons of compost per household. Persons requiring special accommodations to participate in the give-away are asked to notify MG Disposal staff prior to May 9.

“This give-away highlights the success of the city’s yard waste collection program,” said Mark McGee of MG Disposal. “It allows us the opportunity to ‘close the recycling loop’ by giving back to the community.”

For more information contact:
MG Disposal (714) 238-2444
Sylvia Palmer Mudrick, Public Information Coordinator, Fullerton City Manager’s Office (714) 738-6317

The State of Georgia proclaimed May 6-12, 2007 as Compost Awareness Week.
Georgia Recycling Coalition and G-ROC (GA Recycled Organics Council) will observe International Compost Awareness Week at the Georgia World Congress Center in booth #4431 on May 4-6, 2010 during Waste Expo 2010, Atlanta, GA. Displays on organics collection, backyard composting, and use of compost will be featured, along with distribution of educational materials on the importance of composting & compost use plus a proclamation from Georgia’s Governor.

Green Tips Radio Show will be featuring the importance of using compost.
Nutri-Green will on on special sale all week in honor of ICAW.
For more info contact:
Rhonda Bowen
Hampton Roads Sanitation District
tel: 757-460-4270

The Living Green Expo, Minnesota’s largest environmental event, provides real solutions for people to live a better, healthier life with less impact on the environment. The two-day event, free to visitors, connects people who are interested in making a positive difference in their lives and communities.

Backyard composting and vermi-composting will be featured at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s booth. There will be a full display on all aspect of composting and attendees will be able to talk to experts.

So come to the Grand Stand at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds on May 3 – 4, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and learn how to be Green.

Maryland Dept. of the Environment celebrated ICAW at the 2007 Flower Mart to be held the weekend of May 6th in Baltimore!

New Jersey
Ag Compost Facility sponsored a Interview/Shoot promoting the benefits of using compost. [Press Release]

2007 Compost Bin Sale, May 5, 2007 from 9am – 1pm at the Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District. Hamilton County will host a compost bin sale at two locations in the County. The cost of the Compost bins will be subsidized by the County. Compost Accessories like turners and kitchen collection bins will be available. Composting experts will be on hand to answer questions.

Outreach to grade school children in Woodward and Harper Counties. For more information contact Kathy Moore

Oregon and Washington
Outreach through Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC) for more information contact WORC

Many state organizations incorporated ICAW into existing programs – to name a few:

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg County partnered ICAW activities onto Earth Day celebrations using the ICAW poster as the backdrop to their tabletop exhibit “What Can I Do.”
  • Timpanogos Special Service District (TSSD) in Utah had a buy one yard/get one free from April 3- May 17
  • Compost and Green Manure Workshop took place on May 11 at Missouri State University designed for home gardeners, farmers, professional groundskeepers, and educators.
  • The Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA) in Chesapeake, Virginia set up a booth at the VA Beach Farmers Market on May 13th – they provide educational material on compost and back yard composting to attendees and sold 40 lb bags of Nature’s Blend Compost at a reduced cost to help generate interest in compost.
  • Proclamations: State of Washington; State of Oregon; City of Lompoc, CA; City of Santa Maria, CA; County of Santa Barbara, CA; City of Fullerton, CA

Please see this year’s sponsors of International Compost Awareness Week.

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