Largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry
RALEIGH, NC — Environmental and recycling businesses, organizations and community groups around the U.S. are making plans to celebrate the annual International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) coming up the week of May 5 – 11. Events planned include workshops, trainings, compost giveaways and other fun and educational activities, all with the purpose of building awareness of the many benefits of compost and composting. The program is run by the Composting Council Research & Education Foundation (CCREF).
The goal of ICAW is to raise public awareness 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. Each year a theme is chosen to promote the week – the theme for this year is Cool the Climate – Compost! A poster contest was held last fall which was open to children, youth and adults from throughout the world. Artists were asked to create a design based on the theme. This year’s winner is Evan Clark, an LA-based illustrator. His design was chosen from more than 700 submissions.
“The focus of ICAW is to educate the general public about the important benefits of recycling our organic waste into compost,” said Teri Sorg-McManamon, ICAW Committee Chair. “The meaning behind this year’s theme is that there are many ways to help reduce our carbon footprint and reduce climate change — adding compost to the soil is one such tool and is key to soil health and migrating climate change.”
International Compost Awareness Week is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated nationwide and in other countries each year during the first full week of May. Started in Canada in 1995, ICAW has continued to grow as more people, businesses, municipalities, schools and organizations are recognizing the importance of composting and the long-term benefits from organics recycling. Sponsors of ICAW 2019 include: Elevate Packaging, SET Processing Solutions, Dart, Laurel Valley Soils, WeCare Denali, ReoTemp Instruments, McGill, Kellogg Garden Organics, Filtrexx, Natur-Tec, Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA), Minnesota Composting Council (MNCC), Komptech Americas, BioBag, Vermeer, SoilPro, BioCycle, Forester Media and Composting News.