Free Composting Event April 30, 2016

Get the
Dirt on Compost—the Soil and Water Connection
Free Compost Awareness Event on April
30
Prince
William, VA, March 9, 2016
 – The Prince William County Solid Waste Division will host
its fourth annual Compost Awareness Day Event for area residents on Saturday, April
30 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:
·      
Presentations by
Lisa Ziegler, Gardener’s Workshop Farm, “From the Ground Up, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
·      
Container
gardening demo by Virginia Cooperative Extension Prince William Master
Gardener, Amanda Caswell 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
·      
Composting
exhibits and environmental information
·      
Compost and
Compost bin sales
·      
Plant sales-local
schools
·      
Door prizes
The event promotes backyard composting,
which is recycling of leaves, grass and garden waste instead of sending this
organic material to the County landfill for disposal. In addition to learning how
to compost, residents can also find out how compost helps build healthy soil
and enrich degraded soil in yards and gardens. As well as discover the positive
effects it has on the
environment. For example, it reduces or eliminates the need for fertilizers,
which can be harmful to ground water and composting also saves landfill
space. 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 Soil and Water Connection. ICAW is held
annually the first full week of May. The International Compost Awareness
Committee chose this year’s theme to bring attention to the role of compost in
healthy soil to address growing drought and food insecurity issues across the
world.
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, home composting,
community composting) and;
·      
To increase
awareness of, and advocate the proper use of, ‘soil-improving composts’

Visit www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling for more information.