NYS Compost Awareness Week 2021

New York State joins states, regions, and countries around the world that promote International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), the first full week of May devoted to educating the public on “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.” 

Join us in celebrating NYS Compost Awareness Week 2021 as we highlight the 2021 ICAW theme of "Grow, Eat...COMPOST...Repeat"

Do you know of composting-related opportunities happening in your region? Submit information to NYSAR3's Organics Council Chair, Jesse Kerns, at jekerns@syr.edu to be considered for inclusion in the listings below: 

Composting Educational Opportunities

Compost Bin Sales

Food Scraps Drop-Off & Residential Collection Services

If you are not able to compost at home, check out the map below to see if there are any food scraps drop-off programs or residential collection services near you. (Note: Some programs may be suspended due to COVID-19. Contact local program managers before attempting to drop off food scraps.)

Home Composting Resources 

Are you interested in learning how to compost at home, or sharing educaitonal composting resources with others? Exlpore the links below:

Videos & Music

NYS CAW in the News

CAW Working Group & Outreach Toolkit

Are you interested in helping to promote NYS Compost Awareness Week or organizing a compost-related event for your community? If so, consider joining a network of NYS compost educators, community organizers, and local governments who are actively participating and supporting each other in this year's celebrations. By joinging, you will receive access to:

  1. CAW social media posts and imagery
  2. A CAW template for local government proclamations
  3. An editable CAW promotional flier
  4. Ideas for compost-related events and educational opportunities 
  5. A listserv of more 80 CAW working group members

To join, email NYSAR3's Organics Council Chair, Jesse Kerns, at jekerns@syr.edu.