On the right side of this page you’ll find an ICAW manual full of ideas for you to use and adapt, a sample ICAW proclamation, and a collection of home composting resources. If you have materials or links you would like to share please send us an email.
Composting resources for teachers and students can be found here.
Successful promotions in past years have included:
- Compost sales – many communities offered compost for sale with the days’ proceeds going to selected local charities
- Openings and tours of composting demonstration gardens as well as centralized composting facilities
- Tree planting ceremonies using compost to prepare the soil for planting
- The setting up of a “Grow A Row” garden, using compost to prepare the soil, with the fall harvest being donated to the local food bank.
- Backyard composting training sessions, offered for residents as well as through school visits
- A “Compost Tea Party” where residents were invited to learn about composting including how to use compost and make Compost Tea
- Talks by well-known gardening experts on gardening and the use of compost
- TV & radio shows as well as newspaper articles on gardening and the use of compost as well as how to compost
“We really believe in International Compost Awareness Week. Locally here on the Central Coast of California we have used the week to celebrate both the process of composting but also Compost as a quality product to enhance our soils. The tools that ICAW provides like the posters are distributed to feedstock generators and compost use customers. We utilize the proclamations to bring awareness to our elected officials and government staff. It is a great tool to show the benefits of compost and composting in completing the cycle and building healthy soil.”
Engel and Gray