Solid Waste & Recycling


It's Compost Week!

"Rotten news" the press release states, "it's Compost Week!"

“Rotten news” the press release states, “it’s Compost Week!”

The power of composting to reduce society’s dependence on landfills and create valuable products for the garden and other soil enhancement uses is being celebrated during International Compost Awareness Week (May 7 13, 2006). What started off as a Canadian initiative in 1995 has now become an international event which is being promoted throughout Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Europe and for the first time, Australia, this week.

“Sending organic residuals to landfill is a waste and so unnecessary,” says Susan Antler, executive director of The Composting Council of Canada. “Composting provides a sustainable solution and alternative to landfilling organics, which can represent more than 50 per cent of the materials that are currently disposed. And even more importantly, it produces compost, the single most important addition to the health and well-being of soil.”

To bring positive attention to the possibilities that composting can provide communities, Compost Awareness Week was designated to rally composting advocates and build support momentum in their communities. Backyard composting demonstrations, compost sampling events and facility tours, garden openings and community seminars are just some of the many events that are held.

“Whether it’s through backyard, onsite or centralized initiatives, composting is a proven means to help communities sustainably manage their organic residuals,” Antler says. “Many communities across Canada have already incorporated composting within their resource management efforts. It’s time that the rest of Canada catches up and makes composting no longer the exception but the rule.”

For more information, please contact Danielle Buklis @ 1-877-571-GROW(4769) or

For a listing of Compost Awareness Week events, please visit

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