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May 2 marks the beginning of International Compost Awareness Week

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The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation of the United States along with Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries have named the first week in May as the annual International Composting Awareness Week.

Composting reduces waste and is an effective method to keep the yard trimmings and food waste, ,which make up 30 percent of material headed toward the landfill, out of the landfill.

The landfill’s composting facilities composts yard trimmings and vegetable cuttings food scraps bio-solids, manures and hay trimmings into compost which is used to return nutrients to the soil. Returning the nutrients to the soil decreases the need for fertilizers, decreases erosion and reduces water pollution and water consumption.

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors recently recognized the week of May 2, 2021, as International Compost Awareness Week, encouraging everyone to learn about benefits compost has on soil and lawn health, plant growth, the environment, and waste management. The Board further proclaimed May 8, 2021, as the official recognition of Prince William County Compost Awareness Day. Prince William County taken part in International Compost Awareness Week since 2012, with a Compost Awareness Day event to show residents the benefits of compost for use around the home.

This year’s theme, “Grow, Eat, COMPOST…Repeat,” helps people recognize the importance of composting to grow healthier food, support healthier soil to promote a sustainable world.

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