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Posted on: October 5, 2012

Free composting classes teach residents how to reduce waste at home

Friday Oct 05 2012 10:34 AM

Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County's free composting classes this October and November. One class will focus on yard waste, and the second will focus on food waste.

"These classes are a great way to learn about the two kinds of composting," said Mary Coleman, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities environmental educator. "Each class teaches tips and techniques to help you get started. You'll learn from our experience, too. We'll explain why you might want to keep pumpkin seeds out of your compost—I accidentally grew pumpkins in all of my raised beds this year!"

Yard waste compostingIn the yard waste class, students will learn how to choose a bin, where to put it and how to maintain a healthy compost pile.

"By adding compost to your garden and landscaping, you can improve soil quality and eliminate the need for costly chemical fertilizers," Coleman said.

Food waste compostingThis class shows how composting with red worms reduces the amount of kitchen waste a family produces. Food waste composting is a great solution for people who live in apartments or have small
yards. The compost produced by the worms works well in potted plants and small landscaped areas.

"Food makes up a third of the waste going to the landfill," said Coleman. "One of the easiest and most economical ways to reduce our overall waste is for residents to compost their food waste at home."

Food waste class attendees also have the option of purchasing a starter bin and worms for $30.

Yard Waste classes• Oct. 11: 6 to 8 p.m., Washington State University (WSU) Puyallup, Victoria Room, 2607 W Pioneer in Puyallup
• Oct. 20: 10 a.m. to noon, Bonney Lake Fire Station, 18421 Old Buckley Highway in Bonney Lake• Nov. 3: 10 a.m. to noon, Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th St. W in University Place

Food Waste classes• Oct. 23: 10 a.m. to noon, WSU Puyallup, Victoria Room• Nov. 7: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sehmel Homestead Park Pavilion, 10123 78th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor
• Nov. 15: 6 to 8 p.m., Bonney Lake Fire Station

Pre-registration is required. To register for a workshop, visit www.piercecountywa.org/composting or call (253) 798-2179. The classes are taught by environmental educators from Pierce County Public Works and Utilities.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Mary Coleman, Public Works and Utilities environmental educator(253) 798-2420mcolema@co.pierce.wa.us

Sheryl Rhinehart, Public Works and Utilities outreach coordinator
(253) 798-4655srhineh@co.pierce.wa.us

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