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Compost Week: Building A Better Future

Posted on April 27, 2018 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

If you ever wanted a chance to jump feet first into the composting community now is the perfect time. May 6th to May 12th, 2018 is International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW)! Started in Canada in 1995, ICAW brings resources and education on composting to those who may have no idea how to get started, as well as to those who are seasoned veterans. There is always something new on the horizon of composting techniques and technology for anyone to step up and get involved.

Why Compost Week?

Awareness is paramount when it comes to the many options we have as citizens to take Eco-friendly matters into our own hands. With knowledgeable, and passionate people dedicated to keeping ICAW going, there are great resources available to raise awareness towards a path of sustainable living.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) describes ICAW as a way to,

“raise the awareness of the public regarding the benefits of using compost to improve or maintain high quality soil, to grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertilizer and pesticides, improve water quality and protect the environment.”

This week is for everyone, not just garden dwellers. Even if you have no interest in regenerating soil with recycled scraps that would otherwise litter and increase our landfills, just becoming schooled on composting and compostable products is a great start. It’s like the old saying goes, “Knowledge is power” and attending ICAW events will offer just that, keeping you informed so you can utilize or pass on the information for continued progress in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

Poster Winner

This year the ICAW theme is ‘Compost! Building a Better Future’ and the winner of the poster contest depicts this theme with a bright daisy growing out of compost pieces. In the middle of the daisy is the earth in blue and green with the entire poster background in yellow. 300 people from 30 different countries, age ten and up, entered the contest.

The winning design was created by Talia Mitre, from Rockville, Maryland, an eleventh grader who impressively commented,

“I have always cared about the environment and I love doing design work. When I found out that there was a contest combining both of these I jumped at the opportunity. I wanted to show on my poster how composting can really help our world become beautiful in the future. To achieve this, I created a globe shaped as a flower growing out of a pile of compost. Compost takes what many people consider as trash and turns it into something both beautiful and useful for our planet.”

ICAW Events Near You

Getting involved has never been easier with ICAW events happening throughout the globe. To find one near you try contacting your Chamber of Commerce, community board, compost or recycling center.

  • New York - New York is the hub for many great things so why not compost awareness? There is an event titled: ‘Design, Justice & Zero Waste: Exploring Pathways to the Circular Economy’ which will be at the Starr Foundation Hall, University Center 63 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10003 Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ 8:30 AM  and Wednesday, May 9, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
  • California - Free compost will be given away on 5/05/2018 - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Bill Bottes Park 9800 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, California 90232
  • Florida - A hands-on workshop all about compost will be held at 615 Paul Russell Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32301 on 5/8/2018 from 6-8pm. More Florida events can be found here.
  • Indiana - The city’s Public Works Department will be available to load compost for Porter County residents from 9 a.m. to noon May 7 through 12, at the Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway
  • Canada - The Green Action Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada offers multiple events including: May 10th, come to South Pointe School in Winnipeg for a FREE public backyard composting 101 session. May 12th, register for a FREE public presentation on how to vermicompost! Perfect for apartment-dwellers.

Visit the ICAW Facebook page for more info!

Events Ideas

If you don’t have any luck finding a ICAW event, The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF) offers these ideas to start your own:

  • Sell compost at a local mall parking lot for one day only
  • Offer a free compost give-away program at a park to city residents only. The residents are asked to bring their own containers or buckets
  • Ask a local radio station to feature a segment on ICAW and the importance of using compost
  • Display compost accessories such as turners and kitchen collection bins as well as local composting experts on hand to answer questions
  • Do outreach to grade-school children
  • Hold a compost and green manure workshop
  • Set up a booth at a farmer’s market, providing educational material on compost and backyard composting to attendees.

CCREF also offers toolkits to get you started with your own compost setup.


From May 6th to May 12th, 2018 get involved in any way you can to celebrate and educate during International Compost Awareness Week. It is essential for the future of a stable earth!


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