ICAW Events


Composting Workshops

Description: The Nueva School is a Prek-12 school in the SF bay area. Throughout the 2022-2023 academic year, the PreK students have been learning all about composting (red wiggler, bokashi, and black solider fly larvae) in their science class. They have built composting systems for other classrooms and have created their own lactobacillus. To celebrate International Composting Awareness week, the PreK students are hosting a series of hands-on, popup composting workshops to educate the high school students, parents, and community on the different ways to compost at home and at school.

Composter Spotlight

Description: World Centric will be providing a Composter Spotlight on social media throughout the week. The big, scheduled event will be Wednesday, May 10th at 10AM PST. A coast-to-coast panel of compost industry professionals will be discussing the Power of Compost and how it supports future generations and healthier soil.

The Power of Compost

Description: Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: The Power of Compost. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Join us in celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) with a live panel of compost industry professionals. From piles to policy, we have representation from across the industry to discuss how piles are made, what goes into protecting those piles and how to get compost applied as a climate crisis solution. Speakers: Happy Trash Can Compost Community composter in Durango, CO Zero Foodprint Named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, ZFP is a nonprofit mobilizing the food world around agricultural climate solutions. Table To Farm Compost Curbside composter in Durango, CO Composting Association of Vermont A nonprofit promoting the production and use of compost as a vital link between soil health and sustainable agriculture and communities.


ICAW Celebration

Description: The Illinois Food Scrap & Composting Coalition (IFSCC) is proudly joining individuals around the world to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) from May 7 – 13. We have a week full of fun and informative events and programs. Our lineup aims to focus on how compost can have a role to help feed the world, by building healthy soils that produce healthier food. Everyone is welcome to join us at one or all of the events. Please be sure to register for any programs requiring registration. (

We hope to see you there!

SUNDAY, MAY 7 - ADVENTURES IN COMPOSTING - a Variety of over 25 Adventures that highlight compost and composting taking place all over the state of Illinois. These adventures are all related to compost/composting, and are quite diverse. They include: small farm and community garden tours, visits to vermicomposting demos, backyard garden visits with Compost & Cocktails, vineyard tours/wine tastings, compost giveaways, refreshments and activities at restaurants that compost, and backyard composting educational events, to name just a few. You'll have the opportunity to see, smell and touch compost at almost every one of these.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 - LEGISLATIVE LUNCH & LEARN (VIRTUAL) - Grab your lunch and join IFSCC to learn about the status of food scrap- and compost-related policy in Illinois and beyond, including legislation that’s been introduced this year, how you can support what’s been introduced, and how to turn your ideas into initiatives no matter where you are.

THURSDAY, MAY 11 - INTERNATIONAL CAFÉ (VIRTUAL) - Snippets and stories from around the globe. Let’s learn from each other’s stories, and make the world a better place

FRIDAY, MAY 12 - 'APPY HOUR' WITH ILLINOIS EXTENSION - Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: UIC Forum, 1213 S Halsted Ave, Chicago
Join compost professionals for networking, appetizers and the opportunity to win compost-related prizes. This ‘Appy Hour is open to all! Registration: Required.

MULTIPLE DATES - COMPOST BYO CONTAINER EVENTS - Compost Gift-Backs and Bring your own Bucket events. Take home nutrient-rich compost for your own home gardens, landscaping and yards!

MULTIPLE DATES - LIBRARY PROGRAMS AND OTHER HAPPENINGS - Check out all the wonderful things taking places at Illinois libraries including special book and resource displays, presentations, activities and story-times. Also included, special events and happenings taking place at other gardens and venues.


Food Scrap Fest

Description: Compost Crew, a local food scrap recycling company based in Rockville, MD, is hosting a “Food Scrap Fest” for current subscribers and the public. This event is an opportunity to learn more about how we process food scraps into a nutrient-rich soil amendment, the benefits of composting, and best practices as a composter!

The event will be held on May 6th, 2023 at One Acre Farm in Dickerson, MD (18608 Wasche Rd, Dickerson, MD) from noon until 2 p.m. Individuals interested in attending should register via Eventbrite and contact Compost Crew at with any questions.

Event details include:

  • Compost Outpost® tour
  • Planting booth
  • Sorting game
  • Scavenger hunt
  • And more!

Check out more details and register for the event using this Eventbrite link:


ICAW Compost Workshops

City of Columbia Missouri
Tuesday, May 9, 6pm - 7pm
Bokashi, anaerobic composting
Location: Capen Park, 1600 Capen Park drive

Saturday, May 13, 9:30am-10:30am
Aerobic, backyard composting
Location: Daniel Boone Library, 100 W. Broadway.

Register at


ICAW Events

Description: May 9 - Northern Nevada Stewardship Group Board Meeting: presentation by Catalyst BioAmendments on composting
May 12 - Elko Composting Social, presentations and feature film
May 13 - Field trip to walipini-style solar greenhouse

New York

ICAW2023 Events

Description: The compost application and education team at Big Reuse is working with our community partners to host and support five public events during ICAW2023

10am-noon - Street Tree Care and Compost Application with the Council Member Lincoln Restler and the Brooklyn Heights Association

2:30-4:30pm - Street Tree Care and Compost Application with the Hooper Grove Community Garden

3:30-5pm - Youth Worm Bin Activity (NYPL Roosevelt Island Branch Library)
7-7:45pm Biodynamic Gardening and Composting Presentation (NYPL Roosevelt Island Branch Library)

11am-1pm Street Tree Care and Compost Application at with Council Member Jennifer Gutierrez at Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School

ICAW2023 Events

Description: Resistance is Fertile: East Village Community Compost History Tour (Jane’s Walk)
Sunday, May 7, at 9am
​​Join us for an in-person guided walk to explore local garden sites and learn how these spaces were born through community members resisting the neglect of abandoned spaces and beautifying their neighborhoods. Sign up:

Composting in New York City
Friday, May 12, 2023, from 11am - 1pm
Join us and the Senior Advocacy Leadership Team (SALT) of Manny Cantor on May 10th to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week. In this workshop learn the basics of composting and the ways it benefits society, people, and our planet. We’ll discuss the various scales of composting from home to industrial and current composting options available for New Yorkers. Sign up:

East New York Youth Farm Workday: A Master Composter Volunteer Activity
Saturday, May 13, from 11am - 1pm
Volunteer at the East New York Youth Farm. Master Composter trainees will help with processing food scraps into a composting system, bagging finished compost, and performing general site maintenance. Sign up:

Compost and Gardening at Carver Garden: A Master Composter Volunteer Activity
Saturday, May 13, from 11am-1:30pm
Join us for a fun workday at Carver Community Garden--we'll be preparing the compost site and garden beds for the growing season! Some projects include processing food scraps, maintaining the outdoor worm bin, and applying compost to garden beds. Sign up:

ICAW Farm Visit

Company/Organization: Rusty Wheelbarrow Farm

City: Woodside (NYC- QUEENS)

Description: For ICAW 2023 Rusty Wheelbarrow Farm is planning on having farm visit, compost give back, and soil erosion demonstration. You'll discover a small scale - volunteer ran - urban farm, and how we are striving to improve the soil to reduce run off, and increase water holding capacity of the sandy soil the farm is on.

There will also be a demonstration showing how our method of farming increase soil quality and ability to deal with heavy rain while reducing the risks of floods.

May 13th from 10 am to 1pm.
Address: 7202 woodside ave.

Compost Demonstration

Company/Organization: William B Washington Garden

City: New York

What are your ICAW 2023 Plans?: Join us for a fun and educational event at William B Washington Memorial Garden in Harlem, where we'll demonstrate the power of composting! Our compost demonstration will take place on Sunday, May 7th, from 12 pm-3 pm, and we invite you to come and learn about the importance of composting in reducing waste and improving soil health.

During the demonstration, we will show you how to compost effectively and efficiently and explain how you can use compost to enrich your gardens or potted plants. We'll also talk about the benefits of composting for the environment and local community.

The event is an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded individuals passionate about sustainability and gardening. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting, you'll learn something new and have fun.

In addition to the demonstration, we're also seeking volunteers to help us maintain our compost project year-round. This ongoing project requires regular attention, so we're looking for dedicated volunteers who can commit to helping us regularly.

If you're interested in volunteering, please email us at to let us know. We'll provide training and guidance on maintaining the compost and keeping the garden looking beautiful.

We look forward to seeing you at the compost demonstration and working with you to make our community garden a thriving and sustainable space for all!

Wormy Wednesday

Company/Organization: Randall's Island Park Alliance

City: New York

What are your ICAW 2023 Plans?: Wormy Wednesday - May 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: 103rd Street Footbridge on Randall's Island


Come visit us after school to learn about composting with worms! Did you know that some worms can eat half their weight a day in food scraps? Learn more, meet our worms, and enjoy compost-themed crafts during International Compost Week!

For inquiries about accessibility, to request an accommodation or for event information, please email

Spring Tree Party

Company/Organization: Tehama Trees & Trash

City: Brooklyn

What are your ICAW 2023 Plans?: We are hosting a Spring Tree Party, where we will be cleaning, de-weeding and aerating street tree soil beds and adding compost and mulch. We will be educating attendees about the importance of compost to trees, both as an important source of nutrients and as a water retention mechanism.

South Carolina

Spring Open House

Description: We are hosting a Spring Open House for all of our customers and community! Here are the details: See where all the magic happens, meet the staff, take a tour of the facility and take advantage of discounts to bring some compost back home with you! Feel free to bring your food scraps for recycling, Spring is a great time to clean out your pantry and freezer, bring us all the stuff that you aren't able to donate!

When: May 5th 2023 from 10:30 AM to 2 PM

Where: ReSoil Compost, 1692 Brazell Rd, Elgin, SC, 29045

Open House

Description: On May 8th from 1 pm to 4 pm. We will be having an open house at our retail location, with site tours, free samples, and specials on bulk orders of compost that day. we are reaching out to other local businesses and groups to see if they would like to also participate.

Where: Warrenville, South Carolina


Social Media Compost Event

Description: Interviews with Community Composters and Large Scale Composters for social media. Showcase proclamations received from Sen. Cornyn, TX, Gov. Abbott, TX, and Mayor LeMay, Garland, TX. Interviews with at-home composters via IG live.

Company/Organization: Love Plant Nourish by Ike & Eli's Organic Farm, LLC

ICAW Events

Company/Organization: Turn

City: Dallas

What are your ICAW 2023 Plans?: Interviews with community partners, Composting classes, Educational posts across social media channels


The Compost-a-Thon

Description: The Compost-a-Thon will educate the community on how to compost correctly and increase the percentage of composting households in the City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the on-site food drive to align with this year's theme of "For healthier soil, healthier food." Attendees will have the opportunity to see compost demonstrations, listen to compost discussions, and receive a free compost starter kit. The event is being held at Hurkamp Park in Fredericksburg, VA on Friday, May 12, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The rain date is Friday, May 19, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Compost Awareness Day Event

Description: The Prince William County Solid Waste Division, Freestate Farms, Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, and Keep Prince William Beautiful will host a Compost Awareness Day event on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will be held at the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility, 13000 Balls Ford Road, Manassas, VA. Attendees can learn about backyard composting, ask questions and find out about the composting process at the County’s state-of-the-art facility.

Event includes:

  • Free compost samples (bring your own bucket)
  • Compost bin sales
  • Compost and gardening information
  • Community beautification information
  • Compost facility tours at 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon
  • Food scraps collection

Volunteers from the VA Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners program will be present to share materials on the benefits of composting and its use and information on yard waste and food composting at home. Keep Prince William Beautiful volunteers will share community beautification ideas and opportunities. In addition, attendees can take home a free compost sample in their own bucket, compliments of Freestate Farms, and see the results. Participants can also drop off food scraps to be composted. Compost bins will also be available for purchase. Compost facility walking tours will begin at 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon.

This event in Prince William County supports International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), the compost industry's largest and most comprehensive education initiative. ICAW promotes composting efforts in the backyard and, at large scale, commercial composting facilities, like the County’s Balls Ford Road Compost Facility, operated by Freestate Farms.

This year’s theme, “For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food…Compost!” According to the Compost Research & Education Foundation, the theme was chosen based on a serious world-wide issue that every nation, unfortunately, experiences: hunger.” The 2023 theme best reflects the goal of focusing on how compost can have a role in helping feed the world by making our soil healthier, which produces healthier food. By recycling organics into compost and using it on our farmlands, we create healthy soils that produce healthier food and higher yields. It also reduces the need for fertilizer and pesticides, improves water quality, conserves water, and stores carbon in soil - helping to reduce climate change. Compost not only helps the environment but also helps to decrease food shortages experienced around the world.

Please visit the event page for more information:

Compost Workshops

Description: Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is holding two Compost Workshops during ICAW:

  • Wednesday, May 10, 5:30 - 6:30 pm: Panorama Paydirt Compost Workshop
  • Saturday, May 13, 1:30 - 2:30 pm: Panorama Paydirt Family-Friendly Compost Workshop


Food System & Waste Panel Discussion

Description: Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week with Plastic Free Delaware's newest program, the Delaware Community Composting Initiative on Thursday, May 5th at 10:30 am.

We will take a deep dive into understanding our state's food system and food waste issues. We will be joined by expert panelists who will share insight into these topics and help us better understand the complexities and connections between our food, our waste, and our ecosystems. The event will include an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Register for the Zoom link here:

Panelists Include:
- Gail Hermenau, UD Cooperative Extension
- Michael Parkowski, DSWA
- Rabiul Rafi, UD Food Recovery Network
- Chad Robinson, Food Bank of Delaware
- Greg Williams, DNREC
- Matthew Williams, Conscious Connections Inc.


Free Composting and Worm Bin Workshop

Description: Free Composting and Worm Bin Workshop in partnership with Bay City Recycles. Come and learn from the experts - Amy Freeman, Composting Guru and Sarah Archer, owner of 5Heart Earthworm Farm.

Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 10am-12pm at the North Concession Building in Veterans Memorial Park, Bay City, Michigan.

Registration in advance is requested by emailing or calling 989-321-2804. Please provide your name and number of people who will attend.


Plate to Garden Events

Description: The Minnesota Composting Council is kicking off its 8th year of doing Plate to Garden events. These events offer an opportunity for groups around the state to raise awareness about the many benefits of composting. For ICAW, the MNCC will be hosing two Plate to Garden events. Board members will get together outside of the Saints Stadium in St. Paul to bag and give away compost (while supplies last!) on May 1st. To close out ICAW, the MNCC will also be giving away bags of compost on May 7th at a PTG event at the Urban Growler which is also located in St. Paul.

Talks and Walks: All About Composting and Organics

Description: Composting Talks and Organics Open Houses happening all week. Find out more:

Starting a Compost Bin, Wednesday, May 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, Eagan

Composting 101, Saturday, May 7, 2 p.m., Burnsville Library

Organics: How-to, tips & tricks (online), May 4, 12:30–1:30 pm.

Behind the Scenes at The Mulch Store
Thursday, May 5, 5–7 p.m., 16098 Blaine Ave., Rosemount
See how our food scraps are turned into compost during this free open house.

Organics Open House
Stop by one of the following drop-off sites on Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. to learn more about the program.

Burnsville – Civic Center Park, 260 Civic Center Parkway
Eagan – Holland Lake Trailhead, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 1100 Cliff Road
Farmington Central Maintenance Facility – 19650 Municipal Drive
Hastings Transportation Shop – 900 County Road 47
Lakeville Water Treatment Facility – 18400 Ipava Ave.
West St. Paul – Dakota Lodge, Thompson County Park, 1200 Stassen Road​

North Carolina

Worm Bin Workshop

Description: Vermicomposting is a great way to compost indoors, keep food waste out of the landfill, while creating your own rich soil amendment. This workshop teaches you how to make and care for your own indoor worm bin, and harvest the finished compost.

Date and time:
Thu, May 5, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

The Optimist
1000 Brookside Drive
#Suite 109
Raleigh, NC 27604

Register here


The 2022 Vermont Organics Recycling Summit

Description: The 2022 Vermont Organics Recycling Summit (VORS), held in conjunction with International Compost Awareness Week, will include a variety of virtual events (webinars, facilitated online discussion groups, etc.).

This year, VORS will be celebrating the value of compost and organics recycling, and the many ways it supports regenerative agriculture, the health of the environment, the people and the economy. Session topics include on-farm composting, infrastructure, organics diversion, different technologies, inspiring the next generation, and more!

This year’s Keynote speaker is Finian Makepeace, the Co-Founder, Policy Director & Lead Educator of Kiss the Ground.

Learn more and register at:


Compost Bin Sale

Description: Recycling Connections coordinates a group compost bin sale for communities. Bins are being delivered and distributed in 23 communities in WI, MN, IA, and WV.

They also run a week long social media campaign to further the awareness of ICAW.



Description: The webinar, The Evolution of Compostability: Diverse Perspectives for Alignment, on Wednesday, will be held on May 4, 2022 at 11a.m. PST/2:00 p.m. EST. This event will be connecting municipalities, composters, and product manufacturers on the topics of California regulations and compostables certification.

The Evolution of Compostability: Diverse Perspectives for Alignment Tickets, Wed, May 4, 2022 at 1:00 PM | Register Here

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