International Organizations Rally Together to Build Awareness about the Benefits of Compost
International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated in many countries throughout the world annually 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 and the long-term benefits from organics recycling.
The goal of the program is to raise the awareness of the public regarding how the use of compost can improve or maintain high quality soil, grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertilizer and pesticides, improve water quality and protect the environment. The program includes educational activities at schools and workshops, classes and events promoted through governments, public municipalities and local businesses. This year, activities span the globe with celebrations planned across the United States, Canada, Europe, Ireland, the Czech Republic and Australia.
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