FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following message was issued today by Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle to mark International Compost Awareness Week, May 7-13:

New Brunswick is proud to join the national and global effort to raise awareness of the benefits of composting. International Compost Awareness Week has grown to become the most comprehensive and largest education initiative of the compost industry. It aims to promote composting as a responsible way to improve and maintain high-quality soil, grow healthy crops, reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides, improve water quality and protect the environment.

This year’s theme, Compost! Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, highlights the important role of composting in producing bountiful agricultural crops and flourishing home or community gardens.

Recognizing this week enables us to encourage all New Brunswickers to consider ways they can support composting as a way to manage waste. While composting supports soil health and reduces erosion, it also reduces the amount of waste in our landfill sites. In addition, composting can play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

International Compost Awareness Week offers us the opportunity to learn more about protecting the environment and encourages us to adopt greener habits. We can all make a difference.

Our government encourages New Brunswickers to start their own compost pile. We support and thank the many individuals and organizations already taking the time to learn about and implement composting programs.

More information on composting is available on the Department of Environment and Local Government website.