International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW)

May 3-9, 2015

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated each year in the first full week of May.

Emilys Poster

International Compost Awareness Week Begins in 3 days

To showcase the compost industry ICAW was kicked off today with an ad in the Wall Street Journals’ Washington/Baltimore edition, putting it in front of policymakers on the Hill and associations in the Nation’s Capital.


April 30, 2015 Ad in the Wall Street Journal

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ICAW is a multi-media publicity and education event that showcases composting and compost products. It features everything from composting in your backyard to large-scale commercial composting facilities and businesses serving entire communities.

This year’s theme is:


As the US Representative of the composting industry, USCC has signed onto the International Year of Soils, a project of the Global Soils Partnership and the Food and Agriculture Office of the United Nations.

Our US Theme will center on the need for compost as a component of healthy soil here in our country, in infrastructure development, agriculture and food production – compost’s role in everything from mitigation of brownfields, stormwater management and erosion control, and water conservation.

Browse the Compost Week menu for tools and ideas to help YOU celebrate International Compost Awareness Week!

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

Our 2014 I LOVE MY COMPOST Photo Contest winner, by Kirsten Young of the Mountain Song Community School in Colorado Springs, CO. Her entry was From Parking Lot to School Farm; where every classroom composts, as do the school kitchen and Culinary Arts program, and families are welcome to drop off their food waste at the community compost bins. The scraps received are then sorted and the ‘good’ scraps are fed to the goats, chickens and rabbits, and the rest is ‘baked’ (with the animals manure and bedding) to be used in the gardens later as compost. Kirsten says, “providing this service to the community is a win win opportunity for everyone. Families produce less trash and children learn about what can be composted and why, and the school farm gets abundant and valuable compost to feed the garden.”

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