May 3rd through 9th is International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW). Celebrated annually, the week is designed to promote the benefits of composting and compost for effective resource management, soil health and plant growth.

ICAW is normally a time when the benefits of composting are promoted through a variety of community activities. These are, however, anything but normal times, and our collective efforts to flatten the curve mean that we are all staying at home to keep our communities safe.

That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t promote composting to our friends, neighbors, and beyond. As we shelter in place, physically confined to a smaller world, our communities have paradoxically expanded via the digital world. Living online has gone from distraction to necessity as Facetime, messaging apps and social media become our only connection to friends both near and far.

This year’s ICAW theme is Soil Loves Compost. If you are active on social media like Instagram, you can post a picture of you and your family composting or using finished compost. Make sure to hashtag #soillovescompost. That way, you can go global without leaving your house! Please tag @collectiveresource in your posts as well. We love hearing from you but we also love seeing you online!

Two of our municipal partners have joined the effort as well. Mayor Steve Hagerty of Evanston and Mayor George Van Dusen of Skokie signed proclamations for this year’s International Compost Awareness Week.

VIDEO: Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty recognizes International Compost Awareness Week and acknowledges everyone in Evanston, including Collective Resource, that makes the city a leader in composting practices.

We may be keeping our physical distance from each other this spring, but we are still together as a composting community!

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Mary Beth strongly believes that, “It’s always better to be doing something rather than nothing.” If you’re thinking of composting at home, she can help you work out what your particular “something” can be.

She’s confident a solution can be tailored to fit anyone’s needs and ambitions. “Anyone who eats can be a CRI customer, whether you are an individual or a large organization. I want you to understand the advantages of composting, and I can show you how CRI can make it easy.” Mary Beth has successfully designed waste diversion strategies for individuals, schools, houses of worship and other communities. She’s received the governor’s Environmental Hero award for her work at her daughter’s school. Whether you’re starting with a backyard bin, a kitchen bucket, a worm farm, or large-scale commercial collection, Mary Beth can be your good-natured guide.