Middlesex County Announces Composting Workshops

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Middlesex County is sponsoring two free composting workshops. 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, Sept. 24, beginning at 10 a.m. The vermicomposting workshop will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Both will be held at the Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension EARTH Center at Davidson Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick and last about 2 hours. Pre-registration is required.


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 Charles Tomaro, 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 tenth year of workshops offered by Middlesex County and the sixth 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 Geobin Composter ($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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