Compost Facility Tour and Compost 101 Workshop scheduled for International Compost Awareness Week

Maureen BradyCity, Solid Waste

The City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division will be celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 5 – 11, 2019. Started in 1995, ICAW is an educational initiative celebrated worldwide across the composting industry to promote public awareness of the environmental benefits of composting. Composting can help improve soil health, reduces the need for artificial fertilizers, improves water quality, and diverts material from the landfill.

During this week, the Solid Waste Division will host two educational events the public is invited to attend to learn more about the benefits of composting.

  • Monday, May 6, Compost Facility Tour and Demonstration: This 1-hour event will include a tour of the City’s Compost Facility and a demonstration of the equipment used to process the material. Yard waste and brush collected in Lawrence is processed at the facility, creating compost and woodchips. The tour will be held from noon to 1 p.m. The tour is free and open to the public, but there is limited space available. To register for the Compost Facility Tour, complete the online registration form.
  • Friday, May 10, Compost 101 Workshop: This 1-hour educational class will teach attendees about the benefits of composting and provide enough basic knowledge to begin a composting project on their own. The class will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Solid Waste Annex North facility located at 320 NE Industrial Lane. The class is free and open to the public, but there is limited space available. To enroll in the Compost 101 Workshop, complete the online class registration form.