Annual Compost Fair set for Saturday, April 30

Some participants to receive free compost bin

Kris Major, Education Coordinator, (509) 625-6521

Friday, April 22, 2016 at 8:45 a.m.

The Spokane Master Composters/Recyclers will host the 39th semi-annual Compost Fair at the Finch Arboretum on Saturday, April 30. The Compost Fair is part of the City of Spokane’s Arbor Day Celebration and starts at 11 a.m. Attendees must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to complete all of the compost fair activities by the 2 p.m. close.

Participants will learn how to create compost using the “clean green” materials that result from their spring yard work and landscape trimming as well as the types of food scraps that can be included in a backyard compost pile. 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. The finished compost is excellent material to recycle back into yards and gardens.

The fair is free and open to everyone. Participants who live within jurisdictions of the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System area can receive a free plastic compost bin after completing the activity stations. There is a limit of one bin per household, and proof of residence is required.

The bins are provided through grant funds from the Washington Department of Ecology. The Master Composters/Recyclers is a volunteer program sponsored by the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System. The City is a partner in the Countywide system.

For more information on the Compost Fair, call 625.6580. The John A. Finch Arboretum is located at the intersection of Sunset Highway and “F” Street. For more information on the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System, call 477.6800 or go to