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Compost Awareness Week

Compost Awareness Week is an annual, international multimedia publicity and education initiative to showcase compost production and demonstrate compost use.  Compost Awareness Week 2006 took place from Sunday 7 to Saturday 13 May. This year’s central theme was: “Add Power to your flowers...compost.”

Compost Awareness Week aims to encourage the public and business communities alike to take action to support composting at all scales and to use composts. This initiative began in Canada in 1995 and was brought to the UK for the first time in 2001 by The Composting Association.

More information about Compost Awareness Week 2007 will be provided on this site in due course.

Composting is Nature's way of recycling. Composting refers to a recycling technique that uses natural processes to convert organic materials to humus through the action of micro organisms and bacteria in soil. Compost is a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter, such as garden and kitchen waste, and is used for fertilising and conditioning land.


Compost Awareness Week is supported in Scotland by the Composting Association: Scotland, the Community Composting Network, the Community Recycling Network for Scotland, the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Waste & Resources Action Programme and Waste Aware Scotland.

CA - The Composting Association: Scotland
CCN - Community Composting Network
CRNS - Community Recycling Network for Scotland

LARAC - Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee
SEPA - Scottish Environment Protection Agency
WRAP - Waste & Resources Action Programme


The following resources have been put together to aid you in organising an event during Compost Awareness Week and to promote composting.
Some good resources for activity ideas suitable for children include:
  • Bright New Scotland
  • Eco Schools Scotland
  • Recycle More
  • Recycle Zone

Other useful sources of information include:
  • Composting Association publications
  • Compost buying guide
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