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Compost Awareness Week
April 21, 2017                
Contact: Brian Pugh
Waste Reduction Coordinator
Recycling and Trash Collection Division

Fayetteville to Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week
with Compost Facility Tour

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville kicks off International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) with a public tour of the City’s Compost and Mulch Facility (1560 S. Happy Hollow Road) on Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m. The tour will show operating procedures at the compost facility and how the City currently composts yard waste material such as leaves, brush, and grass. The tour will also highlight the organics composting pilot project – a program that will be expanded in the near future, allowing food waste to also be composted.
Information will be available for residents who wish to learn about composting in their own backyards. Increased composting will help the City reach its newly-adopted goal of diverting 40%
of our waste from the landfill by 2027.
The goal of this year’s International Compost Awareness Week (May 7 – 12) is to raise public awareness regarding the benefits of using compost to improve or maintain high quality soil, to grow healthy plants, and to reduce fertilizer and pesticide use – which improves water quality and helps protect the environment.
Throughout ICAW week, community and business events across the country are held to encourage and celebrate composting. All types of composting – from backyard to large-scale are promoted. Events include tours of compost facilities, school gardening programs, compost workshops, and lectures by a well-known gardening experts.
Learn more about the City’s high quality compost mix, available to residents, and the Compost and Mulch Facility here.

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