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May 6, 2009 > Compost Awareness Week May 3 - May 9

Compost Awareness Week May 3 - May 9

Submitted By Lori Marra

The U.S. Composting Council is celebrating International Compost Awareness Week, May 3-9, 2009. International Compost Awareness Week (est. 1995) is the world's largest environmental education event for composting, and focuses on broadening the understanding of compost use.

This year's theme is "Compost! Recycling The Way Nature Meant It To Be".

Compost has many beneficial uses: it can be used as mulch, it is used to add nutrients and moisture back into the soil, and helps reduce the need for artificial fertilizers. Composting organic material reduces the amount of methane produced if that material were thrown away into a landfill. Reducing the production of methane helps reduce the effects of climate change. Composting yard trimmings and food scraps allows these valuable resources to be recycled and returned to the earth.

Innovative composting programs have improved community sustainability and promoted the use of renewable resources in landscaping, horticulture and agriculture. In Fremont, restaurants may subscribe to a composting service for food scraps that costs less than regular garbage service. Residents can place yard trimmings and food scraps in their green carts. Allied Waste collects this material and delivers it to the Newby Island Landfill facility for composting. Stickers are available to remind residents that food scraps can go in the green cart, contact the Environmental Services Division for more information.

At the annual Compost Giveaway in March, over 7000 bags of compost made from the residential green cart program were distributed. However, it is not necessary to wait until next spring to get compost. StopWaste.Org provides a home compost bin at a discount to Alameda county residents and offers classes and workshops on Bay-Friendly gardening and landscaping. For more information on upcoming classes or to purchase a compost bin, visit www.bayfriendly.org.

The U.S. Composting Council (USCC) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the development and expansion of the composting industry in the U.S. For more information about the composting industry and membership in the USCC, visit www.compostingcouncil.org.

StopWaste.Org is the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board operating as one public agency dedicated to reducing the waste stream.

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