How to Get Involved & Upcoming Events

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.

2017 ICAW Events

Prince William Compost Awareness Day-How Green Will Your Garden Grow?, April 29, 2017

Culver City Self-Haul Compost Give Away, May 6, 2017

ACP Legislator's Day, May 10, 2017

Past 2016 Events

Lobby Day, May 16, 2016

City of Oakland Free Compost Giveaway Event, May 14, 2016

Compost and Plant Sale, May 7, 2016

Self Haul Event, May 7, 2016

Spring Sale & Workshop Event, May 7, 2016

Rot and Roll: The Science and Art of Composting, May 5, 2016

“Get the Dirt” – Free Prince William County Compost Awareness Event, April 30, 2016

55th Vermicomposting at small, medium & large scale Workshop, April 30, 2016

Compost 101 class, April 28, 2016

Whole Foods Earth Day Event w/ Pitkin County Landfill, Aspen Tree and Growing Empowerment, April 24, 2016

2016 Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Sale Events, April 22, 2016

Earth Day at Hallam Lake, April 20, 2016

Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting, April 13, 2016

Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting, April 13, 2016

Backyard Composting Workshops, April 1, 2016

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