International Composting Awareness Week Australia (ICAW) is marking a major milestone with a series of activities and events designed to increase awareness for the importance of composting. ICAW turns 10 this week, and its message remains unchanged – composting helps reduce carbon pollution by reducing organic material in landfills and by building healthier soils. The amount of compostable material in Australian garbage has already decreased by five per cent over the past two years.

While there are clear benefits of composting, environmentalists are concerned by Generation X’s apathetic approach to composting and the environment. Despite this, they remain confident they can continue to engage Generation Y through social media.

The Wollongong Botanic Gardens will be hold free compost and work farm workshops on Thursday 5 May and Friday 6 May at the Discovery Centre.