May 5 – 11, 2019: International Compost Awareness Week
The Easton Compost Program (ECP), introduced just last year, has wasted no time to help save our planet through encouraging local residents to compost. Program Coordinator, Miranda Wilcha, reported that on one recent Saturday in late April nearly 800 pounds of food scraps were collected as 65 people stopped by the compost shed behind the Easton Public Market on Church Street to be part of this effort. Wilcha said, “We gave away over 2,000+ pounds of finished compost to 49 participants’ home gardens on April 27th, and 33 new members joined that day to grab a bucket and start collecting their food waste.”
Each year, the US Composting Council declares the first week of May as International Compost Awareness Week. The goal of the program is to raise the awareness of the public regarding 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. The Easton Compost Program and its partners are building awareness of the importance of composting; since the launch of the program last July through the end of 2018, over 18,000+ pounds of food waste were diverted from the landfill. Wilcha added, “Easton can be proud that our “waste” is completing the food loop, returning back to our farms and gardens.” And just last week at the opening of the Easton Farmers’ Market, 60 compost buckets were distributed as more local residents joined this important initiative.
Watch for announcements about the program’s bucket and finished compost distribution and also the details about the 2019 compost contest. And if you would like to volunteer to help and support ECP contact firstname.lastname@example.org – Let’s get scrappin’!