County Plans Free Composting Workshops

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK—Middlesex County is sponsoring free composting workshops. Middlesex County residents will learn how to reduce waste and improve their soil by composting their yard waste and kitchen scraps right in their own backyards. A second workshop will be held to explain/demonstrate vermicomposting (composting with worms).

The backyard composting workshop will be held on Saturday, April 10, beginning at 10 a.m. The vermicomposting workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Both workshops will be held at the Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension EARTH Center at Davidson Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick and last about two hours. Pre-registration is required.

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Through these classes, Middlesex County hopes to raise homeowner awareness of the benefits of composting. Residents will learn the correct way to compost and how to troubleshoot problems. Freeholder Carol Barrett, a proponent of backyard composting, states “By properly composting in their backyards, residents can help their environment and create a beneficial product for their plants and gardens.”

The free workshops are sponsored by the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management in conjunction with the Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension Service. This is the ninth year of workshops offered by Middlesex County and the fifth year Middlesex County will be offering a vermicomposting workshop. Attendees at previous workshops overwhelmingly commented that the classes were “very informative” and “well presented.”

Workshop attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshops. Bins available for purchase include the Presto Geobin ($20 each), Earth Machine ($40 each), Soil Saver ($50 each) and Wriggly Wranch Vermicompost bin ($50 each). Purchase of a bin is optional. There is no registration charge to just attend the classes.

To register for the workshops or for further information about this opportunity, call the Division of Solid Waste Management at 1-732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us.


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