International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) was launched in 1995 in Canada and is held annually during the first full week of May – this year, that’s May 6 through May 12. The theme for 2018 is “Compost! Building a Better Future.”
Here’s how a few different stakeholders are marking the occasion:
Get the dirt: Valparaiso, Ind. and Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction are offering residents up to three cubic yards of free finished compost throughout the week.
Spread the word: The Compost Council of Canada has made this year’s official Compost Week posters available for download in both French and English.
Framework around the issue: In other action out of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change released a policy called the Food and Organic Waste Framework. The ministry notes that organics currently account for 32 percent of the province’s waste stream.
Coming to California: Soil amendment startup SymSoil timed its announcement of where it will establish its headquarters to coincide with ICAW. The company says it will develop a 10,000-square-foot Center for Soil Science at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, Calif.
In the bag: Over in Australia, the city of Lismore held a Compost Day at its local recycling center to help celebrate the launch of municipal program in which finished compost is bagged and sold to residents.
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