Friday, August 31, 2012

Mecklenburg County Announces Free Organic Waste Reduction Workshops

Experts from Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Management have announced
a series of free organic waste reduction workshops in composting and
other methods of residential organic waste control.

Anyone can compost almost anything organic - from vegetable peelings
to yard waste. Instead of relegating all that organic matter to the
garbage can, learn how to put it to good use. You can also learn ways
to make your home a "greener" place, how to reduce waste during the
holidays, and put worms to work for you in your very own worm farm.

• Home Composting Workshop. Learn the hows and whys of home
composting, proper soil preparation and management, mulching and
grasscycling. Participants take home a free wire compost bin and a
booklet on home composting. (Maximum number of 20 students per class).

• Make Your Home a Green Place. Learn to use natural alternatives to
toxic household cleaners (cleaners, pesticides, etc.). Participants
take home a booklet on toxicity reduction. (Maximum number of 20
students per class).

• Giving Green: a workshop on holiday waste reduction. Learn to give
green by creating one-of-a-kind gifts from re-purposed items and enjoy
a more Earth-friendly holiday season. Participants take home a booklet
on green gift giving and holiday waste reduction tips. (Maximum number
of 20 students per class).

• Vermicomposting Workshop. Learn how red wigglers can help your
garden and your food waste diversion efforts. Participants have the
option to take home a worm bin with 1/2 pound of starter worms.
(Maximum number of 15 students per class).

Classes begin Sept. 8, 2012. All classes are free and conveniently
located throughout Mecklenburg County, but pre-registration is
required. The deadline for pre-registration is the Monday before the
class. Please select a workshop and complete the registration form for
online registration or register by phone 704-336-4304.

Mecklenburg County's Master Composters Training Program

The Master Composters training Program is a free 40-hour training
program that is open to the residents of Mecklenburg County.
Applicants must have completed the County's Basic Home Composting
Workshop and/or have a working knowledge of composting

In return for the training, students are required to give back 40
hours of volunteer time to the Organics Waste Reduction Program and
its projects. Past projects have included developing a school compost
garden, and providing under-served neighborhoods with residential
recycling training. The classes meet weekly at various locations
throughout the County. For more information about the Master
Composters program, including obtaining an application, contact Solid
Waste Services by e-mail or call 704-201-2201.