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Happy Compost Awareness Week !

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International Compost Awareness Week (also known simply as The Awesome Week) is upon us. It runs May 5 – 12.

It’s a big, big week for us.

Worms.
Buckets.
Dirt.
Chickens.
Bikes.
Neighborhood Fiestas.
Rotting Organic Waste.

Sounds like fun, eh? They don’t call it The Awesome Week for nothing.

Here’s the Scoop:

1. Take the C’sC Promise and commit to being a Compost Champion.

2. Collect your kitchen scraps. Start a pile. Pick some red wigglers and build a worm bin. Or sign up for our bike-powered pick-ups and get a Free Bucket.

3. Inspire your mom/dad/sister/bus driver/neighbor/bank teller/ co-worker/librarian to take the C’sC Promise and become a Compost Champion too.

4. Join us on Saturday, May 10, 2-4pm, at C’sC World HQ for a Neighborhood Fiesta. We’ll screen dirt, wrangle worms and listen to latin music together. Take some of the dirt that you screened home and use it in your garden. Growing neighborhood food with neighborhood compost made from neighborhood kitchen scraps is awesome.

Our C’sC College of Compostology will also be in session so if you want to learn how to compost in your own backyard, we’ll be giving tours/demos.

It’s going to be awesome. You should come. Bring your garden gloves and your smiley face.

See you soon and Compost On!

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The Carter’s Compost Promise

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Commit to being a Compost Champion!

The Carter’s Compost Promise is a grass-roots initiative designed to create awareness about the awesomeness of small-scale/backyard/neighborhood composting and to increase TC’s composting rate.

Composting is easy. Really. It’s also, in our opinion, the most environmentally friendly form of recycling there is. We hope that by taking the Promise you’ll give it a try or get back in the groove if its been awhile.

Here’s How It Works:

1. Raise your right hand and repeat these words:

“I, [your name], promise to be awesome and to try my best to compost my kitchen scraps. I will harness the power of the pile to reduce my waste, grow great garden soil and make Traverse City greener than ever. I will be a Compost Champion and inspire my neighbors to be one, too. Yay, Compost!

2. Complete this form:

3. Post this blurb to FB/Twitter/Instagram using hashtag #CompostTC:

“I just took The Carter’s Compost Promise. I’ve committed to being a Compost Champion and will now be composting my kitchen scraps like a rock star.”

4. Be a Compost Champion by recycling your household kitchen scraps. You don’t have to be 100% awesome. Just try your best.

5. Share your victories/successes/problems/failures/discoveries on our FB page: www.facebook.com/carterscompost

6. Give yourself a High Five for being awesome and helping to Green our TC.

Not sure how to compost your kitchen scraps? The EPA’s website is a good place to start. Our GT County’s RecycleSmart site is also great.

You can sign up for bike-powered pick-ups HERE.

Or if you’re already recycling your kitchen scraps at home, consider sharing your pile with your neighborhood bucket slinger so that we can add you to our map HERE.

Let’s Compost On! together and make TC the most compost-errific in Michigan The Universe.

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International #compost awareness week in review: A collection of 7 tweets

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International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW)

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“Compost!: Nature’s Way to Grow!” is this year’s ICAW theme. It runs May 6-12 and C’sC will have all kinds of fun things going on:

Neighbor Appreciation Week:

May 6-10

The return of Free Bucket Day as well as one complimentary bike powered kitchen scrap pickup to all willing neighbors in our territory. “If it grows, it goes’. No meat, bones or dairy though.

C’sC Tour de Pile:

May 11 1-3pm (rainyday make up…May 12)

Lets ride bikes and celebrate the backyard pile. The Tour de Pile is a family friendly community bike ride. We will cruise the neighborhood and take in the piles of our Carter’s Compost CSC project. Sort of like our TC Coop Loop except with heaps of rotting organic matter instead of chickens. We will have prizes and other cool stuff too.

Compost Screening Party:

May 12 Noon

Want to score some 100% awesome, locally grown dirt? Join us at C’sC HQ to help screen some dirt. Bring your own buckets and take some home for your garden.

Another Fantastic Zero Waste Lunch:

We will be bringing back some Zero Food Waste awesomeness to the school cafeteria. This time not just for a Fantastic Friday but for the entire week. To keep things simple and easy, we will focus on just Apple, Banana and Orange peels. So look for the big white bucket next week and be awesome by putting your peel in it. These peels will rot and will be very happy as they turn to dirt in the school’s on-site Compost Pile. If all goes well, we hope the bucket will become a permanent feature in the cafeteria!

If any classrooms would like to upcycle their snack scraps, we have lots of buckets to share and would love to get you one for the week.