SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - If you are a Middlesex County resident who is concerned about the environment, now is the time to learn how to reduce waste and improve soil, right in your own backyard.

New workshops are being offered to show residents how to cut down on trash and feed their plants by composting yard waste and kitchen scraps.

Three free composting seminars are being held at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. Classes run about 2 hours and feature an overview and explanation of two composting techniques:

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Backyard Composting

April 11, Saturday 10 a.m.

Vermi-Composting (using worms)

April 15 Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Backyard Composting

April 19 Sunday 10 a.m.

Workshop attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshops. Call the Solid Waste Office before the workshop for a list of available compost bins.

The Backyard Composting seminar will introduce the basics of composting kitchen scraps and yard waste in a compost bin. If you do not have a yard of your own, you can still learn about composting and benefit from it at the second workshop, which teaches vermi-composting, where the actual breakdown of waste is performed by worms in the soil.

Call the Middlesex County Office of Solid Waste Management at

732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us to register for the free workshops.

For more information on programs offered by the Middlesex County’s Cooperative Extension call 732-398-5260.