June 14, 2020
Free Community Forum: Composting Tips
Live Zoom webinar
Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 pm
Join us on Zoom for a lively, community-led discussion about how to cut food waste with backyard composting or curbside pick-up.

Admission is free! Learn from Madison residents about:

  • Compost tumblers, Earth Machines, worm bins and other backyard options

  • Curbside pick-up with Java's Compost, now available in Madison

  • The best compost recipe —how to mix browns and greens

  • Food scrap do's and don'ts
“In Madison, options for composting range from worm bins to curbside pickup,” says Claire Whitcomb, Environmental Commission chair. “We’ve found residents who have a range of approaches and asked them to share their tips and answer questions from beginners. Composting doesn’t have to be hard—personally, I’m a very lazy composter with a very basic method.”

In addition to neighbors who do backyard composting, for those interested in curbside pickup, Michelle Bradley of Java’s Compost will be on hand to answer questions.

Have composting questions?
We'll take questions from participants during the community forum, and you can also submit questions in advance using the button below:
Why Compost?
Food scraps and yard waste make up more than 28% of what we throw away. Composting has these benefits:

  • It keeps biodegradable materials out of landfills — where they release methane, a potent greenhouse gas that's stronger than carbon dioxide and is a major contributor to climate change. 

  • It creates nutrient-dense organic material that enriches soil and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Adding compost to soil helps retain moisture, suppress plant diseases and pests, and grow healthier plants and more nutritious food.
Get our free 1-page Composting Guide
Download our free flyer, which provides at-a-glance tips for backyard composting — the results of which can enrich your garden soil, yielding healthier crops.

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