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International Compost Awareness Week
International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated nationwide and in other countries each year during the first full week of May. Started in Canada in 1995, ICAW has continued to grow as more people, businesses, municipalities, schools and organisations are recognising the importance of composting and the long-term benefits from organics recycling.The goal of the program is to raise the awareness of the public regarding the benefits of using compost to improve or maintain high quality soil, to grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertiliser and pesticides, improve water quality and protect the environment. The theme for this year is Cool the Climate - Compost and we couldn't let this day pass without mentioning our wonderful Compost resource. Written by Ben Raskin and published by Leaping Hare, this informative and beautifully illustrated pack explores the subject in new and exciting ways: from a game of ingredient bingo, to a recipe for the perfect compost. Ideal for whole class or eco-team discussion, this resource would also make a lovely introduction to any practical gardening activities.