US Composting Council Announces the 2013 International Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest

BETHESDA, MD : The US Composting Council (USCC), the national association that hosts International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), announced today the call for entries for its ICAW Poster Contest. The contest will run from September 20 until November 30, 2012 and is open to anyone who would like to help celebrate composting and promote the benefits of composting and compost use. The winning poster will serve as the 2013 International Compost Awareness Week promotional media piece.

COMPOSTING_COUNCIL_LOGO-300x106“The USCC International Compost Awareness Week poster contest has been active since 1999 and the excitement for the program continues to grow each year. The enthusiasm demonstrated by the creative posters submitted by young and old continues to inspire composters around the world. The USCC hosts the national competition —we’re part of an international network of composting associations that sponsor International Compost Awareness Week throughout the world,” said Michael Virga, Executive Director of the US Composting Council.

Compost is the recycling of organic materials to create a valuable soil amendment. Using it provides plants with essential nutrients, protects soil against the threat of erosion, and increases soil health without the use of chemicals and reduces water pollution.

This year's participants are encouraged to submit a design that reflects the theme “Compost: Nature’s Way to Grow." Posters must be submitted to the USCC by Friday, November 30, 2012 to be eligible. Online judging will take place in December. The ICAW Poster Contest winner will have his/her winning poster design reproduced and distributed nationwide as the official 2013 ICAW poster, and featured on the USCC website. The winner will receive a $500 prize. Other divisional winners will each receive a $100 prize. Contest divisions are grades 3-6, grades 7-12, and college/adult. All contest participants will receive an ICAW/USCC Certificate of Participation.

Previous winning posters, as well as this year's registration forms and rules can be viewed at Poster Rules and Application. For questions, please send an email to

The USCC would like to thank the 2012 ICAW sponsors for their generous support: A-1 Organics, BioCycle, Chick-Fil-A, GenPak, Ingeo, City of San Jose, Garick, WeCare Organics, Recology, Chamness Technologies, St. Louis Composting, Reotemp Instruments, Filtrexx International and MWV.

About the US Composting Council

US Composting Council is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the development and expansion of the composting industry in the U.S. For more information about the USCC, its membership and the composting industry, please visit Composting

International Compost Awareness Week Organizers include:
International Compost Awareness Week Organizers include:
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Composting Council of Canada -
Ireland Composting Association -
Compost Australia -
European Compost Network -

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