May 2, 2022

May 1-7 is International Compost Awareness Week!

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By

Tim Parnell

Get out your gardening shovel and gloves. May 1-7 is International Compost Awareness Week. The goal is to work together to raise public awareness about composting organics by recycling and using compost. Give it a try!

The City of Fort Worth and Keep Fort Worth Beautiful manage the Residential Food Waste Composting Program, offering residents an opportunity to turn even more waste into resources instead of garbage by collecting food scraps to be processed into compost, a rich soil nutrient.

Most foods can be composted: fruits and vegetables — including their peels and pits — bread and other baked goods, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, eggshells, cooked meats and bones and any table leftovers.

The program recently added new locations, making a total of 15 collection sites. The new sites:

  • Chisholm Trail Park, 4680 McPherson Blvd.
  • Walsh Community Garden, 13749 Makers Way.
  • Golden Triangle Library, 4264 Golden Triangle Blvd.

The new locations make it more convenient for residents who live in the south, west and north of the city to drop off food waste. A new collection site on the east side is in the works.

 

A one-time fee of $20 provides subscribers with a starter kit that includes a kitchen countertop pail, a five-gallon transfer bucket, a refrigerator magnet and educational resources. Request a free, fun yard sign to help spread the word to neighbors.

Remember: Every pound of food composted is diverted from the landfill with benefits such as better air quality from reduced methane emissions, reduced need for chemical fertilizers and less water usage.

Learn more about being a part of this fun program and making a positive difference at: www.fortworthtexas.gov/departments/code-compliance/solidwaste/food-scrap-compost

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