Fayetteville Solid Waste and Recycling Division to Participate in International Compost Awareness Week

05/08/2013

Learn more about composting at home and through City programs

The City of Fayetteville Solid Waste and Recycling Division will participate in International Compost Awareness Week, which runs from May 6th-12th, by offering two educational tours: the first tour and discussion will be on May 10th at the City’s Composting Facility and the public will meet at 1560 S. Happy Hollow Road in southeast Fayetteville.  The tour will begin at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 10th, at the Solid Waste and Recycling office, and will focus on how the City composts Fayetteville residents’ yard waste.  The second tour and discussion will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11th, at the Washington County Cooperative Extension Service Backyard Composting Demonstration Site at 2536 North McConnell Avenue in Fayetteville.  This tour will focus on how individuals can compost food and yard waste in their own backyards.   

All ages are welcome to come and learn more about the City’s composting program, and about how you can compost at home.  The tours are conducted outdoors so please dress appropriately.  If there is rain the Friday tour will be canceled but discussion of programs will occur indoors, and both the Saturday tour and discussion will be canceled if rain occurs on Saturday. 

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in 2010 alone, 34 million tons of food waste were generated, and only 3% of this was diverted from landfills or incineration.  Backyard composting is an important way individuals can increase this diversion rate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills while creating a valuable soil amendment for their yard and garden.