International Compost Awareness Week

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the organics recycling industry.

It is celebrated in many countries throughout the world annually during the first full week of May. Started in Canada over twenty-five years ago, ICAW has continued to grow as more people, businesses, municipalities, schools and organizations are recognizing the importance of organics recycling and compost use.

This year, the annual week-long event will be held on May 7nd – 13th.  During the week, thousands of volunteers around the world will hold educational activities working together to get the word out about the many benefits of recycling organics and the importance of returning organic matter – compost – back to our soils. The program includes poster and video contests in the fall and activities and events held during the week in May. Throughout the week of ICAW, community and business events are held to encourage and celebrate composting - all types of composting – from backyard to large-scale are promoted.
The 2023 International Compost Awareness Weeks theme is truly a collaborative and international effort. This year, we teamed up with the International Compost Alliance (ICA) to select: For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food…Compost! The theme was chosen based on a serious worldwide issue that every nation, unfortunately, experiences: hunger. One of the initiatives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), is Zero Hunger: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

Please celebrate the ICAW 2023 with an compost event on your plant or in your community!


ECN Member Activitys in ICAW 2023

Spain - Waste Agency of Catalonia:

This year for the ICAW 2023, the Waste Agency of Catalonia once again prepared a lot of activities in collaboration with local authorities, composting plants, private & public operators, farmers, schools, universities, research centers, and other stakeholders. Some examples are:

  • Distribution of compost and informative material to the population.
  • Workshops and activities related to composting and its dissemination.
  • Conferences and seminars online or in person
  • Visits to composting plants or areas with composters.
  • Share experiences and information about the compost cycle.
  • Social networks and publication of articles and technical material.

For more information, click here for the English version and here for the Catalan one.
Check out these videos from last year to get a taste of what's to come: Setmana Internacional del Compost (ICAW 2022), La fertilització orgànica amb compostSetmana Internacional del Compost


Czech Republic - CZ Biom:

This years poster from CZ Boom:


Belgium - Vlaco: