Composting Awareness Week (10/04/30)

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April 30, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are being encouraging to celebrate International Composting Awareness Week, May 2-8, by learning more about composting and how it benefits the environment.

"New Brunswick is among the leaders in Canada when it comes to composting," said Environment Minister Rick Miles. "Composting is good for the environment because it turns waste into nutrients that can be put back into the soil."

Composting Awareness Week was established in Canada in 1995 and is now observed in other countries, including the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Celebrated annually during the first full week of May, the week is designed to promote the benefits of composting, effective resource management, soil health and plant growth.

New Brunswick produces more than 1 million tonnes of compost each year and has 30 composting facilities.

Environmental benefits of composting include:

"I encourage all New Brunswickers to mark this week by learning about composting," said Miles. "Composting is an environment-friendly way to replenish the soil and ensure it remains sustainable for future generations of New Brunswickers."



MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.