County to offer composting workshops

Middlesex County residents are invited to a series of free workshops aimed at teaching attendees how to cut down on trash and feed their plants by composting yard waste and kitchen scraps.

The three composting seminars will be held at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. Classes run about two hours and feature an overview and explanation of two composting techniques.

“Backyard Composting” is set for 10 a.m. April 11; “Vermi-Composting,” or composting with worms, will be at 6:30 p.m. April 15; and a second “Backyard Composting” workshop is set for 10 a.m. April 19.

The “Backyard Composting” seminar will introduce the basics of composting kitchen scraps and yard waste in a compost bin. Those who do not have a yard of their own can still learn about composting at the vermi-composting workshop, which teaches about the technique in which the breakdown of waste is performed by worms in the soil.

“I encourage residents to attend one of these informative events,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “Keeping conservation in mind today will ensure that the county remains a beautiful and healthy place to live.”

Workshop attendees may also pick up prepurchased compost bins at the workshops.

To register for the workshops or to get a list of available composting bins for purchase, call the Middlesex County Office of Solid Waste Management at 732-745-4170 or email solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us.

For more information on programs offered by the Middlesex County Cooperative Extension, call 732-398-5260.