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ICAW 2022
May 1 – 7, 2022

Thank you for your interest in International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) 2022

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 compost use and the long-term benefits from organics recycling.  The goal of ICAW each year is to work together to raise public awareness on why we all should be composting our organics recycling and using compost. The program includes poster and video contests in the fall and activities and events held during the week in May.

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, and lots of lots of sharing information on social media.

Each year, a theme for the U.S.  is chosen. The theme for 2022 will be announced during the summer of 2021.  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. There is also a video contest for children in 4th – 8th grade (ages 10 and up).

Here are some key facts regarding organics recycling and compost use highlighting why ICAW is such an important awareness-building program:

  • The use of landfill space and incineration can be reduced by at least one-third when organics are recycled. Focused attention on recycling organic residuals is key to achieving high-waste diversion rates.
  • Methane, a greenhouse twenty-five times as powerful as carbon dioxide, can be significantly reduced through the recycling of organics instead of their being landfilled.
  • Soil health and productivity is dependent on organic matter – the essence of compost -- to provide the sustenance for the biological diversity in the soil. Plants depend on this to convert materials into plant-available nutrients and to keep the soil well-aerated. Additional benefits include the reduced need for pesticide usage to ward off soil-borne and other plant diseases.
  • Compost offers a significant answer to climate change mitigation.  Compost’s return to the soil serves as a “carbon bank,” helping to store carbon thereby removing it from the atmosphere.
  • Compost is a huge benefit for both water conservation and quality. When used in water quality projects, compost bind pollutants to the organics material and prevents them from entering our lakes, wetlands, streams and rivers. Soil erosion is mitigated, and water-holding capacity improved through compost’s enhancement of soil structure, binding soil particles together.

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. You can also look on the event page for more event ideas which is updated with plans across the country as we get closer to ICAW. Many companies strongly support ICAW each year by becoming an ICAW sponsor. We would like to thank all the 2021 ICAW sponsors. If you would like to be an ICAW 2022 sponsor, contact Beth Simone, bethsimone@compostfoundation.org

Browse the Compost Week menu for tools, resources 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,
bethsimone@compostfoundation.org


2021 ICAW Frank Franciosi

2021 ICAW Sponsors

If you would like to be a 2021 ICAW Sponsor, contact Beth Simone at bethsimone@compostfoundation.org.

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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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