St. Louis Composting Celebrates International Compost Awareness Week and the CCUP Launch

by Ashley Bement, St. Louis Composting

St. Louis Composting invites you to join in celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 6-12, 2012. This year’s theme is “Compost!…Replenish the Earth for Generations,” and planned activities span the globe with celebrations scheduled across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and Ireland. Composting advocates will encourage everyone, everywhere to compost. It’s a “growing” event you won’t want to miss!

ICAW focuses on building awareness of composting and its environmental benefits. Year after year, innovative programs improve community sustainability and promote the use of renewable resources in landscaping, horticulture and agriculture. Together, the US Composting Council and trendy gardeners worldwide have put a face on composting.

ICAW is a week packed with fun and educational events that offer an opportunity to learn more about the many benefits of composting through enjoyable and engaging

activities. To celebrate, St. Louis Composting will host events at three of our composting facilities on May 8, 10 and 12.

Enjoy BBQ, snacks and veggies that grow GREAT in St. Louis Composting’s signature compost and soil blends all three days…

May 8 – Fort Bellefontaine facility in Florissant, Mo. (13060 County Park Road)

May 10 – Belleville, Ill. facility (3521 Centreville Ave.)

May 12 – Valley Park, Mo. facility (39 Old Elam Ave.)

We also will host a “Give Compost a GROW at Home” workshop to educate customers about compost, its benefits and how to begin backyard composting. The workshop begins at noon on Saturday, May 12 at the Valley Park facility.

“Give Compost a GROW at Home” demonstrates how to start your own compost pile, the benefits of using compost in your garden and lawn and much more. Another demonstration will teach how to build your own compost bin. St. Louis Composting will also have a representative on hand to discuss alternative composting methods and options. No registration is required; just show up ready to COMPOST!

The Earth Machine home composters will be on sale at the event. All attendees will receive one free cubic yard of compost to take home!

In addition to ICAW, St. Louis Composting will educate consumers on the newly-launched Consumer Compost Use Program (CCUP), which easily shares with consumers the optimal use of each compost blend according to the US Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) Program. St. Louis Composting and other compost producers using CCUP will now clearly identify – with easy-to-understand icons – for which of three use categories a blend is best suited. They are: Lawns; Trees and Shrubs; and Flower and Vegetable Gardens. Homeowners are now assured they are selecting the best compost product for their specific gardening need.

If you cannot make it to any of St. Louis Composting’s exciting ICAW events, be sure to celebrate ICAW at home! Start your own compost pile or incorporate our Black Gold Compost into your lawn, landscaping and gardens and see its benefits for yourself!

For more information about the benefits of compost, composting at home and the CCUP, please visit our website at www.stlcompost.com.