Contributed by Prince William County
Prince William, VA, April 3, 2014 – The Prince William County Solid Waste Division will host its second Compost Awareness Day Event for Prince William area residents on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prince William County Balls Ford Road Yard Waste Compost Facility, located at 13000 Balls Ford Road, Manassas, VA.
Event highlights include:
- WTOP’s “Garden Guru” Mike McGrath will talk about backyard composting and its benefits in his unique and entertaining style at 10:30 a.m. with Q&A at noon.
- Virginia Cooperative Extension – Prince William Master Gardeners will conduct workshops on vermicular (worm) composting and proper tree composting/mulching at 12:45 and 1:15 p.m.
- Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District will provide information on composting of agricultural wastes and manure.
- Future Farmers of America – Brentsville High School plant sale.
- Eastern Clearing Stages of Compost exhibit and Compost in Action lawn display.
- Information tables staffed by Keep Prince William Beautiful, Madera Farms and Commonwealth Recycling Aggregates.
“Our event focuses on backyard composting –recycling of leaves, grass and garden waste instead of sending those materials to the County landfill for disposal,” explains Scott MacDonald, Recycling Program Manager for Prince William County. In addition to learning how to compost, residents can also find out how compost helps build healthy soil in yards and gardens and the positive effects it has on the environment. For example, it reduces or eliminates the need for fertilizers and can save landfill space because it reduces disposal of yard waste at the landfill. Yard waste is more than 13% of the waste stream in Prince William County so composting is an important component of the County’s waste management strategy.
Event attendees can also save money. Coupons good for $5 off the cost of a pick-up load of compost or mulch will be available. Compost bins will also be available for sale for $25/each (limit three per household while supplies last).
Prince William Compost Awareness Day supports International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. ICAW supports composting efforts in the back yard or at large scale commercial composting facilities, like the County’s Balls Ford Road site. This year’s theme is Compost: The Solution to Sustainable Soil and Water. ICAW is held annually the first full week of May.
The basic goals of Compost Awareness Week:
- To increase the diversion of organics from the main waste stream through increasing
awareness of, and participation in organics diversion initiatives (centralized composting, curbside, home composting, community composting) and;
- To increase awareness of, and advocate the proper use of, ‘soil-improving composts’
For a schedule of events at Prince William Compost Awareness Day, visit www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling.
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