AdkAction’s Compost for Good project is joining environmental and recycling businesses, organizations, community groups and individuals around the globe in celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) during the first week of May. The theme of this year’s Compost Awareness Week is “Grow, Eat… COMPOST… Repeat.”
Throughout the week, AdkAction will be sharing resources and information to build awareness of the benefits of compost use and organics recycling. The Compost for Good team of John Culpepper, Katie Culpepper, and Jennifer Perry will be available to answer questions about composting at any scale, from backyard bins to community composting, through the Compost for Good Discussion Group on Facebook.
Compost is important for improving and maintaining high quality soil, growing healthy plants, reducing the use of fertilizer and pesticides, improving water quality and protecting the environment. Composting keeps nutrients in the community, which builds local resilience, heals soils, and helps reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Organics recycling plays a key role in keeping valuable materials out of landfills.
In 2020 Compost for Good became a full-fledged AdkAction project, working towards their goal to make organic waste recycling more commonplace throughout the Adirondack region and engaging in outreach to promote organic waste as a valuable resource.
There is a growing need for effective, adaptable, and affordable community composting systems that can process unsorted food waste — including meat and dairy — and other organic materials. To meet that need, Compost for Good designed a community-scale composter and is sharing the free open-source design guide and operator manual. Four of these community-scale composters are operating in the Adirondacks, processing a combined 6,000+ pounds of food waste each month.