Across the United States and around the world, composting advocates will be encouraging everyone to compost during ICAW, May 7 – 13, 2017. 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 — are be promoted during the week. The theme for 2017 is Compost! Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, which opens up lots of opportunities for planning fun and educational activities.
Here are some examples of events and activities that have been held during prior International Compost Awareness Weeks. Let us know if you need more ideas and please share with us by entering your plans for your ICAW event in the Add Event box.
• One municipality sold compost at a local mall parking lot for one day only.
• Another had a free compost give-away program at a park which was opened to city residents only. The residents were asked to bring their own containers or buckets.
• Many states and cities held Proclamations for ICAW.
• A local radio show featured a segment on the importance of using compost.
• One city held a two-day event, free to visitors, with the goal of connecting people who were interested in making a positive difference in their lives and communities. The event included information on backyard composting and vermi-composting and gave visitors the opportunity to talk to experts.
• A district hosted a compost bin sale at two locations. The cost of the compost bins was subsidized by the county. Compost accessories such as turners and kitchen collection bins were available and composting experts were on hand to answer questions.
• Another county did outreach to grade- school children.
• One county partnered ICAW activities onto Earth Day celebrations using the ICAW poster as the backdrop to their tabletop exhibit.
• Someone held a Compost and Green Manure Workshop.
• A Public Service Authority set up a booth at a Farmers Market, providing educational material on compost and backyard composting to attendees, and sold 40lb bags of compost at a reduced cost to help generate interest in compost.