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Turn Organic Waste into Garden Gold


April 29, 2011

City offers workshops for residents during International Composting Awareness Week

Make your yard greener and healthier – with a little help from plants, leaves and household organic matter.

The City reminds you that last year’s plants and leaves – hidden by snow until recently – are valuable material. Spring is an ideal time to start composting yard and organic kitchen waste. Composting organic household items such as peels, coffee grounds and egg shells adds nutrients to your lawn and garden, keeps soil loose, helps soil retain water and maintains your soil pH or soil acidity, a key to proper plant growth.

Thirty per cent of Edmontonians in single family homes are composting. The City encourages more residents to use composting as a powerful way to reduce waste. Composting reduces greenhouse gas emissions and conserves water, and it is one of the easiest ways residents can do their part to help the environment.

As part of International Composting Awareness Week (May 1-7, 2011), the City is offering residents several opportunities to learn about composting:

  • Come to Churchill Square on Wednesday, May 4 from 11:30am to 1:30pm to learn about composting.
  • Attend a composting workshop. The City offers two workshops – Backyard Composting and Composting with Worms, for $10 each. Workshop and registration details are available online or by calling 311.
  • Visit the City’s website for information on composting, including how to get started, helpful hints, and how to maintain a healthy compost bin.

To learn more about composting or to register for workshops, go to www.edmonton.ca/compost or call 311.