There’s Gold in Your Garbage

Categories:  Environment    Community
Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 12:05 PM
There’s Gold in Your Garbage by Mary Birdsong

Do you have kitchen scraps? How about yard waste? Don’t put them on the curb. Instead, turn them into compost, the soil that is a super fertilize for your garden. For free.

The first Compost: the New Black Gold workshop for 2015 will be held Wednesday, April 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, and is organized by the Erie County Recycling Program in conjunction with Environment Erie and Millcreek Township. The fee to attend is a mere $10 and each household that participates gets a free Compost Wizard Jr. bin, valued at $160. Additional information on recycling and local compost and trash-related resources will also be part of the training.

The workshop is for Erie County residents only and limited to 50 participants. These sessions have historically filled up quickly, so register here, right now.

If you do miss out on the April workshop, there will be three additional ones held later this year: May 27 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, and June 17 in Fairview Township. Another will be held in August, with the date and location to be announced later. Registration for each workshop opens about four weeks in advance.

Questions about the workshop can be directed to Environment Erie at 814.440.3953. If you want a head start on learning about composting, here’s a nice primer. 

By the way, the composting bin you receive is made right here in Erie County by Good Ideas, Inc. Take a look at their other products here. 

If you want a head start on learning about composting, here’s a nice primer, courtesy of 

Just one more reason to look forward to spring.

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