ICAW Events


Composting Workshops

Description: We offer composting workshops year-round and are excited that we will be kicking off a virtual 5-week Master Composter program on 5/5 just in time for ICAW!

We also have a new "Meet the Decomposers" Family Fun 2-part series on 5/20 and 5/27 to encourage young composters to look at all the important players in the composting process.

Additionally, we are offering a 4-part vermicomposting workshop starting June 4 teaching how to create a worm bin at home and maintain it by adding food scraps to create beautiful soil amendment! Details for all of these events can be found on our events page:

Live Webinar

Description: Live Webinar on the Recology Organics compost program! Register Here

Leave the Leaves

Description: Through the week of ICAW 2021 we at CIEDM and our gardeners have continued to engage physical works of practicing "leave the leaves" in the yard of Arcadia EcoHome to maintain and replenish the sheet composting all over the forest floor of the grove and pile composting along the linear footing of two block walls with falling leaves & tree trimming debris so as to control weed growth, enrich the soil with organ matters and the soil capacities for biodiversity and carbon & water storage. Without spreading chemical fertilizers & pesticides, the practice also maintains and enhances the ecological features of the yard, a Certified Wildlife Habitat & a Certified Pollinator Habitat.



Description: Sunshine Community Compost is hosting our annual Compost-A-Thon May 2-8, 2021 to engage more residents and partners in collective composting efforts during International Compost Awareness Week. To strengthen awareness-building, we'll be hosting a few virtual panel discussions during the week. Some of you are already involved in one way or the other and will be hearing from us directly very soon, but I wanted to share this added program info. 
We hope you can participate by registering for a panel discussion, registering as a food scrap collector/ Compost-A-Thon participant or sharing this info.
Panelists & Activities
A few of our partners will be hosting activities also and we'll list those on our website soon. Thank you!


Compost Education Event

Description: We'll be co-hosting an event with the University of Georgia Extension Service to educate households and small businesses on how to compost and reduce food waste. For details, see


Compost Related Education

Description: This is the first year that the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition/USCC Illinois Chapter has been able to present an ICAW event. We will be presenting hour long food scrap diversion, composting, and compost related education M-F for an hour each day of ICAW. We will follow the Grow, Eat, Compost, Repeat theme from the official ICAW Poster, focusing on one each M-Th. We will have a general Q/A panel on Friday; prior presenters available for chat replies and other experts available for panel Q/A. Sessions will be available for viewing on Social Media platforms for folks who are not able to make the 12-1PM Central sessions any particular day. The meeting information will be available very soon (including registration and detail info), and I will share directly ASAP.


Compost Giveaway

Description: Emmet County DPW (Composting, Recycling, Landfilling) is partnering with their regional watershed council and community foundation to give away two buckets of compost each to the first 300 residents of the Little Traverse Bay Watershed to ask at our Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center (composting site, among many other functions). Web link:


Tree & Compost Giveaway

Description: Combined with Arbor Day, the city of Edina is giving away a tree and a bag of compost to over 1,000 residents. The compost is generated from our new citywide curbside organics collection program. We are bringing the product full circle for our residents and showing them the value!

Virtual Home Composting Trainings

Description: The Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Washington DC Department of Public Works’ Home Composting Program will offer virtual home composting trainings to district residents on:
Tuesday, May 4, 5 pm - 7 pm
Saturday, May 8, 9 am - 11 am

More information (and registration) available here:

Virtual Home Composting Trainings

Description: The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is hosting virtual home composting workshops in Baltimore on:
Sunday, May 2, 3 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday, May 6, 5:30 pm - 7 pm


Composting Workshops

Description: May Composting Workshops
Tue. May 4, 5:30pm-6:30pm- Zoom Workshop
Sat. May 8, 9:00am-10:00am- Zoom Workshop

North Carolina

Compost Fair

Description: First Annual Compost Fair - May 6th, 2021 Henderson County is hosting a Compost Fair to distribute pre-ordered home compost bins will also have local organizations educating the public on soil health, gardening and composting.

Compost is Dirty Webinar

Description: Are you ready for the spring season? Let’s talk dirty/compost. On Wednesday, May 5 at 3pm EST Todd Dunderdale, Senior Sales Manager - West of Komptech Americas, and Brian Fleury, President of USCC and General Manager of Facilities at We Care Denali, LLC, will join USCC to discuss the dirty details of compost. From the future of compost manufacturing to supporting the compost equipment industry, you won’t want to miss the first webinar of “Compost is Dirty.” Whether you’re new to the compost industry or looking for fresh insights into the business, roll up those sleeves and join us to talk compost!

Free Webinar

Description: We are working with other state chapters to host Finian Makepeace of Kiss The Ground for a free webinar. It will happen on May 3rd, 2021 at 2pm EDT. Registration is here: Finian will speak on soil health and compost's important role in creating healthier soils for about 30-40 minutes and then will host a Q&A session. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!


Fertile Group Cooperative accepting food waste etc.

Description: We are a worker cooperative located in Oklahoma City that offers residential composting and commercial composting services as well as recycling! We have a warehouse located in Oklahoma City- 1432 NW 5th Oklahoma City, OK 73106- and in honor of International Compost Awareness Week, we will be accepting food waste, leaves, grass clippings, and wood chips at our warehouse on Saturday, May 8, from 8-5!

Vermicomposting workshop

Description: The Oklahoma Compost and Sustainability Association (OCASA) has created a whole media kit to share with companies in Oklahoma to help spread the awareness of ICAW And OCASA will also be hosting a Vermicomposting workshop on Saturday, April 8, 10 am, at OSU-OKC Farmer’s Market at Scissortail Park. Address: 300 SW 7th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73109. The workshop will take place at the Love’s Travel Stops Stage and Great Lawn in the park.


ICAW Celebration

Description: Back to Earth Compost Crew will be celebrating ICAW by holding our compost giveback day in conjunction with our customer appreciation day on Saturday, May 8th from 9am-Noon at the Ambler Farmers Market in Ambler, PA.

South Carolina

Compost Bin Giveaway

Description: For 2021, the Horry County Solid Waste Authority will be hosting a compost bin giveaway on Friday, May 7, 2021. County residents can visit the Solid Waste Authority at 1886 Highway 90 in Conway, SC to obtain a compost bin and literature on at home composting. Supplies are limited, so it is a first come, first served event, while supplies last. For more information visit the Solid Waste Authority online at, on FaceBook at Horry County SWA or call at 843-347-1651.


Weeklong Virtual ICAW Celebration

Description: Turn Compost will be hosting weeklong virtual celebration online, mostly through Instagram Live and IGTV. We will kick off on Sunday, May 2 with a message from our founder and continue the week with local partners and tips for best practices.


Compost Awareness Day Event

Description: Saturday, May 8 at the Balls Ford Road Compost facility, 13000 Balls Ford Road, Manassas, VA. 10am - 1pm.

Join Prince William County Solid Waste Division, Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, and Freestate Farms for a socially distant Compost Awareness Day event on Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Masks are required.)

Volunteers from the VA Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will share materials on how and why to use compost, as well as how to compost at home. Event visitors can also drop off food scraps. Freestate Farms will provide a free compost sample in your own bucket; compost bins and buckets will also be available for purchase.

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