International Compost Awareness Week

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry, and is celebrated nationwide and internationally each year during the first full week of May. Starting in Canada in 1995, ICAW has continued to grow as more people, businesses, municipalities, schools and organizations are recognizing the importance of composting and the long-term benefits of organics recycling. The goal of the program is to raise community awareness around compost benefits!

ICAW 2021

The ICAW 2021 theme is Grow, Eat...COMPOST...Repeat. The theme illustrates the circular movement of the organics recycling process flowing from farm to table to farm again:

  1. Organic materials are recycled into compost...
  2. Compost creates a soil mix for healthier soils...
  3. Healthier soils feed into more nutrient-dense food...
  4. Food scraps feed back into the compost pile... 

Compost adds good carbon back into the soil, promotes erosion control, and closes the loop by avoiding the loss of valuable organic resources to landfills. From large-scale commercial composting facilities and community compost to backyard compost, this miracle of Nature helps People, Profit, and Planet. Grow, Eat…COMPOST…Repeat, empowers us to recognize and promote the importance of composting  in growing healthier food, supporting healthier soils and, ultimately, creating a more just and sustainable world.

To learn more about how you can get involved with ICAW or plan an event in your community, check out these EVENTS

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Regional Opportunities

Discounted Compost Bin Program

Every year, Wake County offers a Discounted Compost Bin Program during the month of May, in celebration of International Compost Awareness Week. Backyard compost bins can divert an average of 650 pounds of organic waste per household from the landfill each year. Pre-order your Earth Machine compost bin at 50% below the retail cost today!

NCSU Compost Facility & Research Cooperative

The NC State University Compost Facility and Research Cooperative is located off of Lake Wheeler Road and nestled between NC State’s agriculture farms. It is permitted as a Large Type III facility by the NC Department of Environmental Quality and allows NC State to close the loop with organic waste management. Learn more and schedule a tour today! 

Towards Zero Waste 

Toward Zero Waste is a nonprofit organization located in North Carolina focused on helping individuals, families and communities move toward zero waste by minimizing waste of all kinds, one step at a time. Learn more about this organization and their ICAW events by visiting the TZW webpage. 

We have a Toward Zero Waste group dedicated to APEX! Visit the Toward Zero Waste Apex social media page

Kiss the Ground 

Find out what would happen if we diverted the 60+ billion pounds of mineral-rich food materials that go to landfills each year and turned them into #compost by viewing #TheCompostStory by Kiss the Ground

Free Outreach Materials

The Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) has developed compost outreach materials for everyone! Check out the poster below: 


May 2021 Bill Insert

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