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International Compost Awareness Week

Posted by Compost Foundation on 8 May 2017

International Compost Awareness Week May 7-13, 2017 (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated internationally each year during the first full week of May. Started in Canada in 1995, ICAW has continued to grow as more people, businesses, schools and organisations are recognising the importance of composting and the long-term benefits from organics recycling. 

The goal of the program is to raise the awareness to 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.  The program includes a poster contest, programs at schools and activities and events promoted through governments, public municipalities and local businesses.

Each year, a theme is chosen. The theme for this year is Compost! Healthy Soil, Healthy Food. This is the theme for the upcoming Poster Contest, which encourages artists throughout the world to create a design sharing the importance of composting and using compost. The winning poster will be displayed by companies and organizations nationwide and prominently displayed at COMPOST2017, the US Composting Council's annual conference in Los Angeles in January. Click here for more details on the ICAW 2017 Poster Contest including how to enter a poster design.

Throughout the ICAW week, community and business events are held to encourage and celebrate composting. All types of composting from backyard to large-scale are promoted. Events include tours of compost facilities, school gardening programs, compost workshops, lectures by a well-known gardening expert, compost give-away days, to name just a few. Click here to learn more about planning an event or to share information on your upcoming event.

Browse the Compost Week menu for tools and ideas to help YOU celebrate International Compost Awareness Week!

To read more on ICAW click here

Author: Compost Foundation
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