ICAW Poster Contest

US Composting Council Announces the 2014 International Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest – Call for Entries for Poster Design

The US Composting Council (USCC) is pleased to announce the annual call for posters for the International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) poster contest. The contest runs from September 20 until November 30, 2013 and is open to anyone who wishes to share their artistic creativity to promote this year’s theme: “Compost! ….The solution to sustainable soil and water.” The winning poster will serve as the 2014 International Compost Awareness Week promotional media piece.

“The International Compost Awareness Week poster contest is a wonderful program that draws enthusiasts of all ages to present some very creative and truly magnificent art to promote composting. The contest continues to grow every year since it started in 1999. The US Composting Council is excited to see the program expand and get better each year. It’s considered to be a cornerstone of our outreach activities.” said Lori Scozzafava, Executive Director of the US Composting Council.

Compost is produced from the recycling of organic materials to create a valuable soil amendment. When incorporated into soil, it provides plants with essential nutrients, protects against the threat of erosion, and increases soil health without the use of chemicals. It also reduces water pollution.

This year’s participants are encouraged to submit a design that reflects the theme “Compost! ….The solution to sustainable soil and water.” Posters must be submitted to the USCC by Saturday, November 30, 2013 to be eligible. Online judging will take place in December. The ICAW Poster Contest winner will have his/her winning poster design reproduced and distributed nationwide as the official 2014 ICAW poster, and featured on the USCC website.

The winner will receive a $500 prize. Other divisional winners will each receive a $100 prize. Contest divisions are grades 3-6, grades 7-12, and college/adult.

Previous winning posters, as well as this year’s registration forms and rules can be viewed at Poster Rules and Application. For questions, please send an email to icaw@compostingcouncil.org.

The USCC would like to thank the 2013 ICAW sponsors for their generous support: A1 Organics, BioBag, BioCycle- official magazine of USCC, City of Los Angeles, City of San Jose, Composting News, Filtrexx International LLC, Ingeo, MSW Management, MWV, Recology, Reotemp Instruments, Rubicon Global, Soil and Mulch Producer News, St. Louis Composting, Waste Management, We Care Organics.

ICAW poster sightings in the Capital of California

Slideshow of ICAW poster sightings in the Capitol


About the US Composting Council
Established in 1990, the U.S. Composting Council (USCC) is the only national organization in the United States dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the composting industry. The USCC achieves this mission by encouraging, supporting and performing compost related research, promoting best management practices, establishing standards, educating professionals and the public about the benefits of composting and compost utilization, enhancing compost product quality, and developing training materials for composters and markets for compost products. USCC members include compost producers, marketers, equipment manufacturers, product suppliers, academic institutions, public agencies, nonprofit groups and consulting/engineering firms.

The USCC is a non-profit 501(c) (6) organization that also directs the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF), a 501(c) (3) charitable foundation, which administers public and private research and education activities.
International Compost Awareness Week Organizers include:
US Composting Council
Composting Council of Canada – Compost.org
Ireland Composting Association – Cre.ie
Compost Australia – Wmaa.asn.au
European Compost Network – Compostnetwork.info
Leanne Spaulding, Manager of Membership and Communications
US Composting Council
301-897-2715 (office)
See past winning posters below.
2012 Poster Winner
2011 Poster Winner
2008 Poster Winner
2007 Poster Winner
2005 Poster Winner
2004 Poster Winner
2003 Poster Winner