Annual compost fair to be held Saturday, April 26

Spokane County residents can receive a free compost bin

Kris Major, Education Coordinator, 509.625.6521

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 5:07 p.m.

The Spokane Master Composters/Recyclers will host the 36th semi-annual Compost Fair at the Finch Arboretum on Saturday, April 26. The Fair is being held as part of the Arbor Day Celebration and starts at 11 a.m. Attendees must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to complete all of the activities by the 2 p.m. end time.

Participants will learn how to create compost out of the “clean green” materials that result from their spring yard work and landscape trimming. Activity stations will provide hands-on experience and lots of information on the materials that can be composted, types of bins to use, and how to build and turn a pile. Finished compost is excellent material to recycle back into yards and gardens.

The Fair is free and open to everyone. Spokane County attendees, with proof of county residence, can receive a free plastic compost bin after completing the activity stations. One bin per household is available. The bins are provided by Spokane Regional Solid Waste System and grant funds from the Washington State Department of Ecology. The Master Composters/Recyclers is a volunteer program sponsored by the Regional Solid Waste System.

For more information on the Compost Fair, call 509.625.6580. The Finch Arboretum is located at the intersection of Sunset Highway and “F” Street in west Spokane.