[GRRN] National Composting Awareness Week

Brennan, Terry (tbrennan@CIWMB.ca.gov)
Mon, 5 Apr 1999 10:33:34 -0700

Please excuse any cross-postings
April 1, 1999

Dear Friend of Compost and Composting:

I would like to encourage you to participate in the upcoming "National
Composting Awareness Week," May 2-8, 1999. Being sponsored for the first
time by the U.S. Composting Council, this international event is designed
to turn the spotlight on composting, create enthusiasm for recycling urban
organic materials, and increase demand for compost and mulch products.
The theme for 1999, "It's Your Turn ... Compost!" draws attention to the
importance of composting, whether small-scale home projects or large-scale
community operations.

The week's goal coincides with a priority of the California Integrated
Waste Management Board (CIWMB) "Greening Team," namely to keep organic
materials out of landfills by making, selling, and using value-added
organic products such as compost and mulch.

To celebrate this week, the CIWMB encourages you to plan local community
activities to take advantage of State and national media coverage. You
could host open house events and tours of composting facilities and
demonstration gardens, offer special prices on products, or schedule "how
to compost" backyard composting training sessions to build community
support and call attention to the reuse of organic materials. A press
release from the U.S. Composting Council is enclosed with this letter; you
can adapt it to meet your needs by adding specific local event
information, or you can write your own release. Media coverage by TV &
radio shows could highlight events and activities of your own as well as
extend to newspaper articles on gardening and the use of compost.

Any company that sponsors events can be listed on the U.S. Composting
Council's future advertisements and printed materials for specific events
and on its Web site, as well as be included in its upcoming Public Service
Announcements where possible. For more information about National
Composting Awareness Week in general or about the benefits of company
sponsorships, contact Rod Tyler, National Field Representative of the U.S.
Composting Council, at (440) 926-8041, or by e-mail at rodndon@gte.net.

The CIWMB also will help advertise all National Composting Awareness Week
events. Please let us know about your events as they are planned so that
we can post them on the CIWMB's Organics Outlook Web site,
http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/organics. Send information about your plans to
Ava De Lara at adelara@ciwmb.ca.gov or contact her at (916) 255-2613.

Organically yours,

William R. Orr
Greening Team Leader

Any opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the State of
California or the California Integrated Waste Management Board.