ICAW 2020
May 3 – 9, 2020

A special message about ICAW 2020
March 19, 2020

Thank you for your interest in International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) 2020. In normal times, which unfortunately this is not, we would be encouraging you to make lots of plans in your community and throughout your state to celebrate ICAW. Every year, individuals and groups organize different activities including workshops on compost, compost give-aways, tours of facilities…the list goes on and on since people are so creative and passionate about ICAW. The problem is all those types of things need people to gather together, which is usually great but not right now.

So, this year we may not be able to do things as usual but that doesn’t mean we can’t all work together to share what ICAW stands for. The goal of the annual program is to build awareness on the benefits of compost use, composting, organics recycling and how compost can help with the environment through long-term sustainability and decreasing climate change. That is all still true and a very important message. As our theme for ICAW 2020 says Soil Loves Compost. Compost keeps our soil happy and it keeps our planet healthy.

We can still work together to help get the message out to many, many people – even if it’s in a different way. On this website there are a lot of resources that you can use to share with others plus downloads for you to use

We will be adding to those resources as we lead up to the week of ICAW 2020, May 3 – 9. We also encourage everyone to use social media to get the message out. Make a video of your facility or even of your backyard compost bin, sharing educational information. Follow the ICAW Facebook and Instagram pages and use the hashtags, #icaw2020, #soillovescompost, #internationalcompostawarenessweek. Feel free to send information to the ICAW staff at and they will be happy to share how you are celebrating ICAW this year.

Please check these pages regularly to see all the fun, informative “NEW” ways we can all come up with to spread the word about ICAW 2020.

Hoping everyone stays healthy and safe during this difficult time.

- ICAW Committee and staff

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated nationwide and in other countries each year during the first full week of May. Started 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 from organics recycling.

The goal of the program is to raise the awareness of the public regarding the benefits of using compost. The program includes a poster contest in the fall and activities and events held during the week.

Throughout the week of ICAW, community and business events are held to encourage and celebrate composting. All types of composting – from backyard to large-scale are promoted. Events include tours of compost facilities, school gardening programs, compost workshops, lectures by a well-known gardening expert, compost give-away days, state and city proclamations, visiting with legislators, to name just a few.

Each year, a theme is chosen. The theme for 2020 in the United States is Soil Loves Compost. The theme is used for the Poster Contest, which encourages artists throughout the world to create a design sharing the importance of composting and compost use.

This year’s theme is based on the idea that Soil Loves Compost because compost feeds soil! Soil is alive and needs nourishment to be healthy. With healthy soil you grow healthy plants. Soil Loves Compost because it provides food and nutrients for living microbes that make up healthy soil. Without compost we would have few ways to enrich and restore soil. Compost keeps soil strong and healthy by reusing and recycling organic materials in a “zero waste” cycle. Compost keeps our soil happy and it keeps our planet healthy. Soil Loves Compost! To learn more about why compost is so good for soil, click here.

To learn more about how you can get involved with ICAW or plan an event in your community, click here to read the attachment Celebrate ICAW Manual.

Many companies strongly support ICAW by becoming an ICAW sponsor. We would like to thank all the 2019 ICAW sponsors. If you would like to be an ICAW sponsor for 2020, contact Beth Simone,

Browse the Compost Week menu for tools and ideas to help YOU celebrate International Compost Awareness Week!

2020 ICAW Sponsors


If you would like to be an 2020 ICAW Sponsor, contact Beth Simone,

How would YOU like to be an ICAW State or Regional Coordinator? The ICAW Committee is looking for an individual (or team of individuals) in each state, who is willing to lead International Compost Awareness Week in their home state. It's easy to be involved, especially if you are already celebrating ICAW! If you are interested or need more details,
contact Beth Simone,
Learn how our international partners celebrate ICAW around the world.

In Canada, celebrations will be around the theme “For the Love of the Earth… Compost!/Pour l’Amour de la Terre … Compost !” Click here to learn more about Canada’s plans for ICAW 2020.

Learn what Australia is doing for ICAW

And in the UK

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