Composting in Georgia
Need resources to help inspire and assist you in composting at home? Or maybe you just want to learn more about why composting is so important? We’ve got the perfect tips, videos, activities, and books to help you get started and learn more about composting.
Governor Proclaims May 7-13th as Compost Awareness Week in Georgia!
International Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest
Each year, the International Compost Awareness Week Committee holds a poster contest to pick a new design for the annual poster. There is a new theme for ICAW, which is highlighted on the poster as well as the dates for ICAW, which will be May 7 – 13, 2023. The contest is open to anyone in the world age 14 or older.The contests runs through November 1st so get ready to share your creative talents while you help get the message out about ICAW and the new theme: For Heathier Soil, Healthier Food Compost! Learn more
ICAW 2023 Video Contest Starts September 1st
Offered to children and teens ages 10 – 13, the video contest asked for a 30 second video highlighting ICAW and the theme for this year, For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food…Compost!, Should show something related to the benefits of compost use and/or organics recycling. Such as: compost bin, vegetable or fruit garden, food waste and then compost. For more ideas on what you might want to include in your video, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner of this contest will receive $100. Deadline is November 1st. Learn more
Backyard Composting Resources
Did you know 40% of food in America is wasted? In Georgia, food is the single largest component of material being landfilled. Want to make a difference in reducing food scraps going to the landfill? Compost your food scraps, soiled paper, and coffee grounds. Here are several resources to help you compost at home.
Composting at Home: An Introduction to the Basics Informative video to help you get started composting at home produced by Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Georgia Backyard Composting Brochure Provides basic information to help you get started with composting at home. Produced by the Georgia Recycling Coalition.
Backyard Composting Fact Sheet Tips for successful composting at home produced by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
Reference Guide for backyard composting and vermicomposting Resources pertaining to backyard composting and vermicomposting gathered by the US Composting Council Research Education Foundation.
Georgia Recycling Coalition (GRC) Community-Composting Composting resources for the public, parents, and teachers.
Compost Books for Kids
Looking for a good book to read with your kids or students? We love Compost Stew and Diary of a Worm and think your kids will too! Check out our list of mom-approved books about composting below:
Bright, Bonnie – Casey’s Compost
Cronin, Doreen – Diary of a Worm
Glaser, Linda – Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow
Koontz, Robin – COMPOSTING: Nature’s Recyclers
Lay, Richard – A Green Kid’s Guide to Composting
Porter, Esther – What’s Sprouting in My Trash? A Book about Compost
Siddals, Mary McKenna – Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth
- Love Compost Stew? Then try one of these Compost Stew-themed, learning activities.
Compost Videos for Kids
Kids love exploring and playing in the dirt, so why not use this opportunity to teach them about composting. GRC has the tools you need to inspire and engage kids about composting.
Watch these adorable episodes below with your kids and then download GRC’s composting coloring book to reinforce the message.
Activities and Games for Kids/Teachers
- Food is too good to go to waste! – Activity booklet focused on how to reduce wasted food created by US EPA. NEW!
- Do The Rot Thing – A Teacher’s Guide To Compost Activities by the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District
- Earth Day Word Search – www.crayonsandcravings.com
- Compost Bin Word Find (Downloadable PDF with answer key)
- Think Composting is a program intended for use by educators to enhance organics recycling and composting lessons. Originally published by Hall County Resource Recovery, the Georgia Recycling Coalition provides free access to the program for educational purposes.
- Compost Resources for Teachers – Resource list compiled by the US Composting Council Research Education Foundation.
Community-based Composting Resources
Community Composting Done Right: A Guide to Best Management Practices Publication is designed to support new and existing community-scale composters in successfully managing their composting process and site, with focus on those sites accepting food scraps.
Community-based Composting White Paper Strategies to increase sustainable compost production for Metro Atlanta’s urban farms and community gardens.
Beyond Recycling: Composting Food Scraps & Soiled Paper prepared for EPA Region 9 by the Center for a Competitive Waste Industry.
Community Composting in GA Facebook Page
Residential Source Separated Organics Collection Tool Kit Designed to provide guidance and resources for local governments to evaluate the feasibility of residential curbside collection of source-separated organics (SSO).
Composting Sites in Georgia – Georgia Environmental Protection Division
Standard Volume to Weight Conversion Factors List of standard volume to weight conversion factors for materials, including food scraps.
State Rules Pertaining to Mulching, Composting and Anaerobic Digestion (in Georgia)
Organizations (In Georgia)
Georgia Recycling Organics Council (G-ROC) The Georgia Recycled Organics Council (G-ROC) is a branch of the Georgia Recycling Coalition with the goal of promoting and encouraging composting practices or other higher beneficial uses of organic material, including but not limited to yard trimmings and food residuals/wasted non-edible food. The council provides information and education, and joins together individuals, businesses and government agency representatives to exchange information, educate the public and grow the infrastructure for processing organics whether at the community level or large scale manufacturing operations. GRC is working with Food Well Alliance, EPA Region 4 and other partners on a grass roots outreach campaign for community-based composting (CBC) as well as a Best Management Practices for CBC manual/toolkit and associated training.
FoodWell Alliance A collaborative network of local leaders working to build thriving farms and gardens that enhance the health, vitality, and resilience of communities across metro Atlanta.
UGA Extension: Community & School Gardens (Facebook) Place for community and school gardeners to learn tips for successful gardening and to share photos of their gardens.
Glad’s simple instructional video on How to Compost in 3 Steps
Glad’s simple instructional video on How to Make a Compost Bin at home
National Geographic –Green Home Makeover – Compost
Lee Reich writer for Fine Gardening Magazine- How to Make Compost
Composting 101– basic video for backyard composting
Regional and National Organizations
US Composting Council (USCC) National, non-profit trade and professional organization dedicated to promoting the recycling of organics materials to composting.
Composting Council Research Education Foundation (CCREF Provides resources, educational materials, training, networking, and career advancement opportunities for professionals and all those affiliated with the compost manufacturing and organics recycling industry.
Composting Collaborative The Composting Collaborative brings together composters, businesses, and policymakers to share best practices and resources and find innovative solutions to shared challenges.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) Contains publications and resources to promote community-based composting.
Community Composting Law & Policy Project Project provides legal and policy support to community composters facing regulatory, zoning, and permitting barriers.
Terra Nova Compost International compost education and consulting organization co-located in New York, New York and Atlanta, Georgia. Terra Nova Compost is dedicated to social justice and environmental sustainability, and seeks to literally and figuratively transform our environment through the art and science of making compost, or ‘terra nova’, new earth.
Further with Food Provides comprehensive information about food loss and waste in the United States and about solutions dedicated to reducing it.