ALLEN CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Allen County residents can learn to compost through a new program.
As part of Allen County Department of Environmental Management’s efforts to assist the community to reduce its environmental footprint, the Department is offering a series of “Learn to Compost” workshops free of charge to Allen County residents throughout the summer and fall. The purpose of the “Learn to Compost” workshop series to educate residents about composting and the ways they can use compost to improve soil health and prevent food waste.
Food scraps and yard waste together currently make up about 30 percent of what we throw away in U.S. landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Instead, Allen County could use these materials for creating nutrient-rich composts to save money and resources, improve soil health, and reduce our community’s environmental footprint. In celebration of International Compost Awareness Week, the first Learn to Compost workshop is taking place, Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8 p.m. at Salomon Farm Park’s Learning Center in partnership with the U.S. Compost Council. Registration for the workshop reached full capacity within the first 24 hours of posting on the City of Fort Wayne’s Parks and Recreation website.
The workshop series is open to Allen County residents of all ages. ACDEM will host additional workshops on the following dates:
Wednesday, June 5, 6:30-8 p.m. at Wunderkammer Company (registration full)
Tuesday, July 23, 2-3 p.m. at the Allen County Fair (no registration required)
Additional dates To Be Determined.
Compost is a valuable resource; it could make a positive economic effect on our local economy by diverting food and yard waste from the landfill and using it to improve soil health, save water, increase local food yields, and prevent the use of toxic fertilizers on gardens. Most importantly, composting keeps organic materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is contributing to climate change in Indiana and beyond.
Residents are encouraged to learn the basics of composting at home (outside or inside) here.
For questions or concerns regarding ACDEM’s Learn to Compost workshop series, residents can contact Allen County Department of Environmental Management at 260-449-7878 or email@example.com.