Free Compost Workshops on October 27
October 17, 2012
California landfills receive over 6 million tons of food scraps each year. Food scraps can be easily recycled into a nutrient-rich soil amendment through the use of a worm box. The process is simple, discreet, and low maintenance. Diversion of food scraps through home composting is a key strategy recommendation within the City's Zero Waste Plan, which calls for a 75 percent and greater recycling rate by 2020.
The City of Oceanside and Agri Service, operator of the El Corazon Compost Facility, are partnering to provide worm bins and worms to Oceanside residents. Oceanside residents are invited to attend a vermiculture workshop hosted by Agri Service and the City of Oceanside at the El Corazon Senior Center. Following the workshop, Oceanside residents will be able to pick up an Enrecos VermiPRO 16 for $30 (retail value $100). A supply of starter worms will also be provided.
The next workshop will be held on October 27, 2012, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Participants will learn proper vermicomposting techniques and worm bin maintenance. The workshop will be held in Oceanside at the El Corazon Senior Center, located at 3302 Senior Center Drive. Limited to 25 attendees, reservations must be made in advance. Register online at www.elcorazoncompostfacility.com.
The Enrecos VermiPRO 16 is a vermicomposting system that uses earthworms to recycle kitchen waste AND is manufactured from plastics recycled right in Southern California. The bin is a simple and convenient way to recycle and enhance gardening soil. The VermiPRO 16 is compact and can be placed on a house or apartment patio. Visit www.enrecos.com for additional information.
"Since the adoption of Oceanside’s Zero Waste resolution, these workshops supported by Agri Service, have been lauded by the community as an excellent way to encourage active engagement and awareness by our local community, further helping residents understand that sustainability practices start at home", said Colleen Foster, City of Oceanside Solid Waste and Recycling Management Analyst.
Composting food scraps is a critical step toward meeting Oceanside’s zero-waste goals and an enhancement of Oceanside’s award winning organics recycling program. For more information on Oceanside’s solid waste and recycling resources, please visit www.oceansiderecycles.com.
( News Release )