Take your food and yard waste to a better place with this compost workshop

A free workshop at the San Juan County Fairgrounds teaches you how to learn how to build a three-bin composting system, Saturday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fairgrounds. The workshop is sponsored by Public Works, WSU Extension and Ag Program, San Juan Islands Conservation District, and the Department of Ecology.

“I’ve attended a lot of composting workshops over the past several years and I’m always impressed with the new and useful information I learn each time,” said Helen Venada, Waste Reduction and Hazardous Waste coordinator, SJC Public Works.

This workshop will build a three-bin composting system (used to manage larger amounts of yard/green waste) and teach us to create a healthier garden and yard. The bins will be used as a demonstration at this year’s fair.

Why should we compost?

Composting is nature’s recycling system that will make your plants healthier and will improve your soil’s water-holding capacity.

You can save money on your trash disposal bill while turning your lawn clippings, plant materials, and other green waste into a free soil amendment.

Composting on-site is more convenient than hauling your yard waste to a disposal location; it’s also more hygienic to compost your food waste than to mix it with your trash that gets trucked, ferried, and railed to the mainland.

Composting saves landfill space and helps to keep “resources” on-island.

Burning leaves and brush produces air pollution…so why not add them to your compost pile instead?

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