ICAW Events


Food System & Waste Panel Discussion

Description: Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week with Plastic Free Delaware's newest program, the Delaware Community Composting Initiative on Thursday, May 5th at 10:30 am.

We will take a deep dive into understanding our state's food system and food waste issues. We will be joined by expert panelists who will share insight into these topics and help us better understand the complexities and connections between our food, our waste, and our ecosystems. The event will include an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Register for the Zoom link here:

Panelists Include:
- Gail Hermenau, UD Cooperative Extension
- Michael Parkowski, DSWA
- Rabiul Rafi, UD Food Recovery Network
- Chad Robinson, Food Bank of Delaware
- Greg Williams, DNREC
- Matthew Williams, Conscious Connections Inc.


IFSC 2022 ICAW Recipe for Regeneration: Compost

Description: Please see our website for IL information. Further details will be uploaded and communicated soon.


Spring Farm Tour

Description: On Saturday, May 7th we invite you to attend One Acre Farm's Spring Farm Tour from 2pm to 5:30pm. The tour will include discussions, demonstrations, and activities on various activities including sustainable farming practices with One Acre Farm, on-farm composting with Compost Crew, a beekeeping demonstration with Honey Fx, crafts and bouncy house for kids, nature walk with the Audubon Naturalist Society, and more.

Attendees are welcome to pack a picnic and join us for a causal celebration of spring after the activities and tour.

Location: 18608 Wasche Road, Dickerson, MD 20842


Free Composting and Worm Bin Workshop

Description: Free Composting and Worm Bin Workshop in partnership with Bay City Recycles. Come and learn from the experts - Amy Freeman, Composting Guru and Sarah Archer, owner of 5Heart Earthworm Farm.

Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 10am-12pm at the North Concession Building in Veterans Memorial Park, Bay City, Michigan.

Registration in advance is requested by emailing or calling 989-321-2804. Please provide your name and number of people who will attend.


Plate to Garden Events

Description: The Minnesota Composting Council is kicking off its 8th year of doing Plate to Garden events. These events offer an opportunity for groups around the state to raise awareness about the many benefits of composting. For ICAW, the MNCC will be hosing two Plate to Garden events. Board members will get together outside of the Saints Stadium in St. Paul to bag and give away compost (while supplies last!) on May 1st. To close out ICAW, the MNCC will also be giving away bags of compost on May 7th at a PTG event at the Urban Growler which is also located in St. Paul.

Talks and Walks: All About Composting and Organics

Description: Composting Talks and Organics Open Houses happening all week. Find out more:

Starting a Compost Bin, Wednesday, May 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, Eagan

Composting 101, Saturday, May 7, 2 p.m., Burnsville Library

Organics: How-to, tips & tricks (online), May 4, 12:30–1:30 pm.

Behind the Scenes at The Mulch Store
Thursday, May 5, 5–7 p.m., 16098 Blaine Ave., Rosemount
See how our food scraps are turned into compost during this free open house.

Organics Open House
Stop by one of the following drop-off sites on Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. to learn more about the program.

Burnsville – Civic Center Park, 260 Civic Center Parkway
Eagan – Holland Lake Trailhead, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 1100 Cliff Road
Farmington Central Maintenance Facility – 19650 Municipal Drive
Hastings Transportation Shop – 900 County Road 47
Lakeville Water Treatment Facility – 18400 Ipava Ave.
West St. Paul – Dakota Lodge, Thompson County Park, 1200 Stassen Road​


Composting Workshops

Description: Compost Workshop
Company/Organization: City of Columbia Volunteer Programs
Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 6pm-7pm
Capen Park Compost Demonstartion Site, 1900 Capen Park Drive, Columbia, Missouri
For more info contact Jody Cook at

New York

Compost Site Tour

Description: Join us & participate in an action-packed tour of a compost site on NYC's Governor's Island on May 2nd, 2022!

15,000 lbs. of NYC residential food scraps will be decanted at NYC Compost Project's host site Earth Matter! Learn about their aerated static pile (ASP) compost system. No experience is necessary, but dress for work, and bring a water bottle. Their resource recovery staff will then acquaint you with the Compost Learning Center.

After getting a volunteer activity, you'll be joined by The Trust for Governors Island, the non-profit organization responsible for the planning, operations and ongoing development of Governors Island for a tour of this unique public destination, including the Island’s award-winning park.

Participants will learn how Governors Island is a test-bed and model for circularity, and how zero-waste plays a role in its current and future operations. The tour will conclude with a light reception and conversation at The Arts Center at Governors Island, run by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, one of the Island's first year-round tenants and a current partner in the Island’s Zero-Waste efforts.

- Earth Matter NY
- The Trust for Governors Island
- Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Register on our Eventbrite page here:

Pop-Up and Chop Up Event

“Cane-Do”-- Chinatown BID Gets Sugarcane out of the Can and Into Streetscape with a Pop-Up and Chop Up Event in Manhattan NYC

April 2022: Earth Month
May 1-7, 2022: International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW)

This April and May 2022, NYC-based community betterment organization, the Chinatown Business Improvement District (BID) is launching a two-week pop-up intervention with sugarcane vendors and produce-purveying small businesses to creatively divert food scraps from the landfill and repurpose renewable resources as beautification materials for nearby tree beds.

In two events during Earth Month 2022 and culminating in the International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) in the first week of May, the public is invited to “Pop-Up” to learn about compost with the Chinatown BID and then volunteer onsite to “Chop Up” some sugarcane stalks that our small business friends are helping us save from landfill as we prepare for Spring 2022 beautification, soil remediation and plantings across Open Streets in the Chinatown district. In a community without access to public vegetable gardens or food scrap drop off centers, Chinatown residents are in urgent need to enjoy the tree beds deserving of attention throughout the commercial district.

Compost Giveaways and More

Full schedule of composting educational opportunities in New York State starting April 30th and running through ICAW and beyond. Includes information on compost giveaways and lots more. Find it all here:

North Carolina

Worm Bin Workshop

Description: Vermicomposting is a great way to compost indoors, keep food waste out of the landfill, while creating your own rich soil amendment. This workshop teaches you how to make and care for your own indoor worm bin, and harvest the finished compost.

Date and time:
Thu, May 5, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

The Optimist
1000 Brookside Drive
#Suite 109
Raleigh, NC 27604

Register here


Composting Events

Description: April 30 - Event at The Shops of Highland Village
May 1 - Instagram Live information about compost
May 2 - Interview with Mayor Scott LeMay - City of Garland
May 3 - IG Live interview with Chicana In Nature
May 4 - IG Live interview with Tiny Yellow Bungalow
May 5 - IG Live composting basics
May 6 - IG Live different ways to compost
May 7 - Private Class in Oak Cliff


The 2022 Vermont Organics Recycling Summit

Description: The 2022 Vermont Organics Recycling Summit (VORS), held in conjunction with International Compost Awareness Week, will include a variety of virtual events (webinars, facilitated online discussion groups, etc.).

This year, VORS will be celebrating the value of compost and organics recycling, and the many ways it supports regenerative agriculture, the health of the environment, the people and the economy. Session topics include on-farm composting, infrastructure, organics diversion, different technologies, inspiring the next generation, and more!

This year’s Keynote speaker is Finian Makepeace, the Co-Founder, Policy Director & Lead Educator of Kiss the Ground.

Learn more and register at:


Compost Awareness Day Event

Description: The Prince William County Solid Waste Division and its partners Freestate Farms and Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will host a Compost Awareness Day event on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility, 13000 Balls Ford Road, Manassas.

Volunteers from the VA Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners program will be present to share materials on the benefits and use of compost and yard waste and food composting at home. In addition, event visitors can drop off food scarps and receive a free compost sample in their own bucket, compliments of Freestate Farms. Compost bins will also be available for purchase.


Compost Bin Sale

Description: Recycling Connections coordinates a group compost bin sale for communities. Bins are being delivered and distributed in 23 communities in WI, MN, IA, and WV.

They also run a week long social media campaign to further the awareness of ICAW.



Description: The webinar, The Evolution of Compostability: Diverse Perspectives for Alignment, on Wednesday, will be held on May 4, 2022 at 11a.m. PST/2:00 p.m. EST. This event will be connecting municipalities, composters, and product manufacturers on the topics of California regulations and compostables certification.

The Evolution of Compostability: Diverse Perspectives for Alignment Tickets, Wed, May 4, 2022 at 1:00 PM | Register Here

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