Susan Buckley, RN, Director, Public Health
Ira Singh, MPH, Deputy Director
Donald I. Baird, MD, Health Officer

Division of Environmental Health


Date Released: 4/26/2004
Subject: Compost Festival
Contact: Brian Cox, Director, Environmental Health Division
Phone: 707-445-6215

4th Annual Compost Festival and May Day Celebration

Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services - Environmental Health Division, City of Arcata Environmental Services Department, and HSU’s Campus Recycling Project and Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) will present the 4th Annual Compost Festival & May Day Celebration on Sunday, May 2 at the CCAT Buck Hse. #97 located on the Humboldt State University campus at 14th & B Streets in Arcata. Running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Compost Festival promises to be fun and educational. Highlights of the festival include workshops on composting food waste with worms, backyard composting of yard waste and children’s activities. The festival will also feature live Bluegrass music from the aptly named Compost Mountain Boys. As with last year, the Humboldt County Environmental Health Division will sponsor the sale of below-cost compost bins to county residents. Residents will be able to purchase Earth Machine composters, as well as vermicomposting bins that come pre-stocked with worms for food waste.

Over 500 people attended last year’s festival and compost bin sale despite the rain, according to Alec Cooley, HSU’s Recycling and Solid Waste Manager. “The Compost Festival was a great success. Folks were able to learn practical methods to compost their yard and food waste in their own back yards with minimal effort.” Humboldt County Waste Reduction Coordinator Louise Jeffrey agreed adding that this year’s festival promises to be even better, “This year we will have the same composters, but they will be sold at even better rate. The Earth Machines are usually sold for upwards of $60 at retail locations but we are able to offer them at only $25 per bin!” Jeffrey explained that both the residents and jurisdictions benefit when resident’s compost their organic waste because it cuts down on garbage disposal costs and helps the jurisdictions reach their state-mandated waste reduction goals. Jeffrey adds that “This year we have teamed up with CCAT to include the May Day Celebration, so there will be lots of dancing, even more music and, of course, lots of fun for the entire family.”

Home composting is an effective way to save money on garbage bills, reduce solid waste sent to landfills and a fun way to turn organic waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment for gardens and landscaping. The workshops at the compost festival will provide hands-on information on how to set-up simple compost systems for homeowners.

This year’s festival is made possible from generous co-sponsorships by Humboldt Waste Management Authority, Waste Solutions Group, North Coast Horticulture Supply, and Wildberries Marketplace. For more information, feel free to call Humboldt County’s Waste Reduction Hotline at (707) 268-2225. Come join in on the fun!


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