How to Get Involved & Upcoming Events

Across the United States and around the world, composting advocates will be encouraging everyone to compost during ICAW, May 6 – 12, 2018. Those who believe in the “Compost Message” will be planning events in their community to promote the value of compost. All types of composting events — from “do it yourself” composting in your backyard to large-scale community-wide composting — are be promoted during the week. The theme for 2018 is Compost! Building a Better Future, which opens up lots of opportunities for planning fun and educational activities.

Here are some examples of events and activities that have been held during prior International Compost Awareness Weeks. Let us know if you need more ideas and please share with us by entering your plans for your ICAW event in the Add Event box. Someone in another community might want to do a similar event as yours, so the more events we have added to the list, the better:
  • One municipality sold compost at a local mall parking lot for one day only.
  • Another had a free compost give-away program at a park which was opened to city residents only. The residents were asked to bring their own containers or buckets.
  • Many states and cities held Proclamations for ICAW.
  • A local radio show featured a segment on the importance of using compost.
  • One city held a two-day event, free to visitors, with the goal of connecting people who were interested in making a positive difference in their lives and communities. The event included information on backyard composting and vermi-composting and gave visitors the opportunity to talk to experts.
  • A district hosted a compost bin sale at two locations. The cost of the compost bins was subsidized by the county. Compost accessories such as turners and kitchen collection bins were available and composting experts were on hand to answer questions.
  • Another county did outreach to grade-school children.
  • One county partnered ICAW activities onto Earth Day celebrations using the ICAW poster as the backdrop to their tabletop exhibit.
  • Someone held a Compost and Green Manure Workshop.
  • A Public Service Authority set up a booth at a Farmers Market, providing educational material on compost and backyard composting to attendees, and sold 40lb bags of compost at a reduced cost to help generate interest in compost.


Here are events that were held in 2017 for ICAW. It can give you ideas while you’re planning your event for ICAW 2018.

Prince William Compost Awareness Day-How Green Will Your Garden Grow?, April 29, 2017

ACP Legislator's Day, May 3, 2017

Soil Festival; Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, May 6, 2017

Culver City Self-Haul Compost Give Away, May 6, 2017

Soil Festival 2017, May 6, 2017

Golden Plains Farmers Market, May 6, 2017

Food Scrap Compost Sale, May 6, 2017

Composting Class with Organics "By Gosh" And Gateway Church, May 6, 2017

Successful Backyard Composting Workshop, May 7, 2017

Make and Take: Build a Worm Bin, May 8, 2017

Compost Sale at the Athens-Clarke County Landfill, May 8-13, 2017

Celebrating Community Compost Action and Awareness at Gillespie Park Community Compost Station, May 9, 2017

Learn Home Composting from a Master, May 10, 2017

Tour of A1 Organics Composting Facility, May 11, 2017

Compost Bin Sale, May 11, 2017

Lunch and Learn, May 12, 2017

Soil Life Series: Basic Composting, May 13, 2017

Compost Giveaway, May 13, 2017

Ask a Master Composter, May 13, 2017

Organics "By Gosh" at the Sustainable Food Center Farmer's Market, May 13, 2017

Food-Cycle Celebration, May 13, 2017

Compost Bin and Crank Sale, May 13, 2017

Can You Dig This, May 15, 2017

Smart Gardening Workshop, May 20, 2017

Smart Gardening (Advance Workshop), May 29, 2017

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