International Compost Awareness Week 6-12 May 2013

International Compost Awareness Week 2013 – May 6-12 

A fun and educational week of events for;

promoting awareness of composting,

learning more about the many benefits of composting, and

broadening understanding of compost use

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry worldwide. It is celebrated each year in the first full week of May.

This international campaign will take place from 6 to 12 May this year, using the message How Does Your Garden Grow………Compost!’. During the week, compost producers at all scales, local authorities and composting sites are encouraged to raise awareness about reasons for making and using composts, and the benefits from doing this.

In Ireland there are around 20 events taking place ranging from Master Composters doing demonstrations on how to home compost, scouts setting up a wormery in Mayo, compost talks to GIY groups to the Cré Compost Industry Awards. Details on all the events can be found on

In Ireland, ICAW is organised by Cré, and WRAP Northern Ireland.


Poster Competition

As part of ICAW a poster competition was held to design a poster to promote ICAW. Many people and kids around the country entered the competition. Joint winners are Lia Brady and Charlotte Doolin from Malahide Community School.

click here to download the poster:

Lia Brady

Charlotte Doolin

ICAW Poster 2

Charlotte Doolin

Events In Ireland

Event Location Date & Time
Cré Industry Awards Waterside House Hotel, Donabate 10th @ 7.30pm
‘Stop Food Waste’ Home Composting Sites demos & talks Check our interactive map for locations and contact details for your local area see demonstrations & talks during the week
LCK Regional Waste Management Office Riverfest, Limerick City 3rd – 6th
Cork County Council Carrigtwohill, Yougal, Inniscarra and Newmarket Throughout May
Meath County Council Seminars Navan, Sonaitre Last two weeks of May
Roscommon County CouncilEvent with master composters Frenchpark 21st of May
Clare Burren Slow Food Festival  
Galway Series of events throughout the county  
Wicklow County Council Series of events throughout the county  
Mayo County Council Castlebar Master Composter Demo Site  
“Meet the Master Composter” Clare Garden Festival 28 April at 11am-5pm
Setting up a wormery with local scouts Lough Lannagh Holiday village, Mayo   May 16th  
Composting/food waste prevention talk to Castlebar GIY Group Family Resource Centre in Castlebar, Mayo Evening of May 13th
Food waste prevention /composting talk with Cong Tidy Towns. Cong, Mayo Evening of May 2nd