Thank You to Everyone Who Worked So Hard to Get the Message Out About ICAW 2020

We celebrated ICAW 2020 differently this year, but we still shared with thousands of people across the country and the world important information on the many benefits of compost use and the value of organics recycling.

Here are just some of the great things that happened during ICAW 2020, May 3rd – 9th.

ICAW 2020 Kicked-Off with the Town of Lexington, MA

Monday, May 4th, the Town of Lexington helped promote the start of International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) as the National ICAW Kick-Off organization for this year’s annual week. They were joined by Tetra Tech, sponsor of the kick-off event.


People showed us their ICAW 2020 poster while home composting and at work

Children got involved – which is always so great to see


We saw so many videos created to share people’s experience and valuable information on composting

That’s just a little of what happened during ICAW 2020. Remember, we can continue ICAW thoughout the year by working together to build awareness about compost.

Here are some examples of events and activities that have been held during prior International Compost Awareness Weeks.

• 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 city had a story hour for children reading a book about compost
• 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's What People are Doing Across the Country for ICAW This Year:

• Here's an extremely inclusive list of local and national compost resources, for adults and children, from the Georgia Recycling Coalition. read more

• Lots of fun plans being made by the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department and partners for ICAW. read more

• Here are some ideas from our Missouri ICAW State Coordinator. read more

New York:
• Here’s what one ICAW Volunteer is planning to do in her community in upstate NY. read more

• Here are some ideas from Green Horizons Environmental. read more

Puerto Rico:
• This came from some at a university in Puerto Rico, who has a lot of great plans. read more

• From the Composting Association of Vermont a full schedule of events for the week. read more

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