NYS Compost Awareness Week 2020

New York State joins states, regions, and countries around the world that acknowledge 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 ICAW 2020 (May 3 – 9) as we recognize this year's theme: "Soil Loves Compost" 

Social Media While Social Distancing

  • Take a selfie with your home compost setup (or using finished compost), post to your social media platform of choice, and challenge your friends and family to do the same! Be sure to use the hashtags #icaw2020, #soillovescompost, #nyscompostawarenessweek
  • Show off how "Soil Loves Compost" at your home by snapping a pic of your favorite use of finished compost (e.g., garden beds, planting trees, compost tea, etc.), and sharing via social media.
  • Follow ICAW on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Follow NYS celebrations and highlights on Facebook and Instagram with NYS Save Our Food.

Virtual Composting Educational Opportunities

(*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person composting workshops have been cancelled. Please email NYSAR3's Organics Council Chair, Jesse Kerns (jekerns@syr.edu), with any alternative online composting workshops or resources that you would like us to share.) 

Compost Bin Sales

Food Scraps Drop-Off & Residential Collection Services

Not interested or 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: many drop-off programs are currently suspended due to COVID-19. Contact local program managers before attempting to drop off food scraps.)

Home Composting Resources 

Interested in learning how to compost at home? Exlpore the links below:

Know of other composting-related opportunities happening in your region? Feel free to submit information to NYSAR3's Organics Council Chair, Jesse Kerns, at jekerns@syr.edu.