Middlesex County’s Solid Waste & Extension Offices
Present Composting Workshops

If you are a Middlesex County resident who is concerned about the environment, now is the time to learn how to reduce waste and improve soil, right in your own backyard.

New workshops are being offered that will show you how to cut down on trash and give back to the land, just by composting yard waste and kitchen scraps. Two free composting seminars are being held at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue South Brunswick. Classes will run approximately 2 hours and feature an overview and explanation two composting techniques:

Backyard Composting                             Vermi-Composting (using worms)
Saturday, April 5, 2013 10 am                   Monday, April 7, 2013, 6:30 pm

Please call the Middlesex County Office of Solid Waste Management at 732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us if you would like to register for the free workshops. Workshop attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshops. Call the Solid Waste office for a list of available compost bins.

The Backyard Composting seminar will introduce the basics of composting kitchen scraps and yard waste. Any backyard area will do, as long as there is organic matter from your kitchen or garden trimmings and a compost bin.

Perhaps you don’t have a backyard of your own, because you live in a condo or apartment. You can still learn about composting and benefit from it at the second workshop, which teaches vermi-composting. This technique is notable for having the actual breakdown of the waste performed by worms in the soil. It may sound unusual, but the worms really can help the land and residents like you. This workshop will explain how, and give you all the preparation you need.

“I encourage residents to attend this informative event,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee.  “Keeping conservation in mind today will ensure that the county remains a beautiful and healthy place to live.”  

“The EARTH Center offers a host of environmental services to the County,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.  “Here, residents can not only learn about composting, but can also purchase soil test kits, pesticide application test manuals, or submit pest & disease samples for evaluation.”  

For more information on programs offered by the Middlesex County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension call 732-398-5260.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

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