ICAW 2020
May 3 – 9, 2020

Thank you for your interest in International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) 2020

ICAW is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. This year, ICAW is being held May 3 – 9. Although this year we cannot schedule group events due to Covid-19, we are still able to celebrate what ICAW stands for just in different ways. This year we’ll be getting our message out using social media, emails, letters, newsletter, online webinars, reaching out to local and state legislators or just sharing what you know with a friend or neighbor. Help us educate so many people this ICAW on why Soil Loves Compost, the 2020 theme, and what it can mean for your garden, your community and for the health of our environment.

Celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year, the goal of ICAW has stayed strong – working together we can increase public awareness on the benefits of compost and organics recycling. Why is compost important? There are so many reasons but here are just a few benefits of compost and organics recycling:
• Increased soil health
• Reduced pesticide and chemical use
• Reduction in soil-borne and other plant diseases
• Reduced methane emissions from landfills
• Compost offers a significant answer to climate change mitigation

You can find a lot more details on compost through the different ICAW pages and there is a host of compost-related information in the resource boxes to the right.

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!

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,

Here’s Teri Sorg-McManamom, ICAW Committee Chair with her ICAW 2020 video.

2020 ICAW Sponsors


If you would like to be an 2020 ICAW Sponsor, 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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