International Compost Awareness Week 2024

Rebecca Wilson, passionate about recycling across South Yorkshire
Rebecca Wilson
1 May 2024

This week is International Compost Awareness Week!


This annual event, serves as a reminder of the importance of composting in creating a sustainable future for our planet.

Home composting offers a lot of environmental benefits including reducing climate change

COMPOST... Nature’s Climate Champion!

This year, the campaign is focusing on the climate change mitigating properties of composting.


Compost acts as a ‘carbon bank’ by storing carbon and removing it from the atmosphere.


Did you know, composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually, or your washing machine produces in three months?



Composting is the natural process of recycling organic matter, such as food scraps, garden waste, and other biodegradable materials, into nutrient-rich soil food known as compost.


This transformative process not only diverts waste from landfill (where it would otherwise emit methane - a powerful greenhouse gas) and energy from waste, but also produces a valuable resource that nourishes soil and supports plant growth.


By creating compost at home, we also reduce the need for expensive synthetic fertilizers.



There are numerous ways to get involved in International Compost Awareness Week:

  • Start composting at home
    It’s easy to get started! All you need is somewhere to put your compost bin of choice and a 50/50 mix of ‘green’ and ‘brown materials. Find out more on our beginners guide to composting blog.
  • Spread the word!
    Share our posts for #InternationalCompostAwarenessWeek over on our social media platforms, create a poster to encourage your community to compost or share links to our composting blog posts to help spread the word and help get South Yorkshire composting!


Find out more

Visit the Compost Foundation’s website for more information on the campaign. 


Read our top tips on composting at home here:



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