ICAW started in Canada in 1995 by the Compost Council of Canada. The US Composting Council got involved shortly after, and the two organizations collaborated by promoting it in each of their countries.

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. The goal of ICAW is to work together to raise public awareness on why we all should be composting our organics and using compost to create healthier soil.

This year, the annual week-long event will be held on May 5th – 11th. During the week, thousands of volunteers around the world will hold educational activities working together to get the word out about the many benefits of recycling organics and the importance of returning organic matter – compost – back to our soils. The program includes poster and video contests in the fall and activities and events held during the week in May. Throughout the week of ICAW, community and business events are held to encourage and celebrate composting – all types of composting – from backyard to large-scale are promoted.

The Nebraska Composting Councilis hosting a tour on May 10th at Soil Dynamics in Ashland, Nebraska to celebrate Nebraska Compost and ICAW. This will be an informal guided tour where participants can ask questions with facility operators and network with fellow compost enthusiasts.

Show up at Soil Dynamics (16494 292nd St., Ashland, NE 68003) at 10am, wear old shoes or boots, bring your own water and a hat if you’d like. If you have any questions call NRC Program Director Carina Olivetti at (402)436-2384 ext. 104.