EARTH CENTER, SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Protecting the environment sounds like hard work, but there is something you can do right now in your own home! Composting not only cuts down on trash, it also improves your soil so you can grow flowers, vegetables and more.

All you need to get started are a few kitchen scraps or yard clippings, a compost bin and a few helpful tips from one of our upcoming workshops!

Two free seminars will be held at the Middlesex County EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. These classes run about 2 hours each, and will feature an overview and explanation of two composting techniques:

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  • Backyard Composting: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6
  • Vermi-Composting (using worms):  6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10

 

To register for these free workshops, please call the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management at 732-745-4170 or email solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us.

Backyard Composting will introduce the basics of collecting kitchen scraps and yard waste in a compost bin. As the waste breaks down, it creates compost, an earthy, soil-like material that’s perfect for growing all kinds of plants.

No yard? No problem! Get all the benefits of composting at our second workshop, Vermi-Composting. In this process, the breakdown of waste comes from worms in a plastic container.

If you’re planning to attend but don’t have a compost bin, we’ve got you covered! Just call the Division of Solid Waste before the workshop for a list of available compost bins. You can then pick up your pre-purchased bin on the day of the workshop.

 “Take time to learn how to cut down on trash and improve the environment from home,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee.  “We’re fortunate to have many natural resources here in the County, and we owe it to our younger residents to protect those resources and ensure the County’s environmental legacy.”   

“The EARTH Center offers many different workshops that help residents give back to the environment, and it’s easy to see why composting is such a popular topic,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “It’s simple, adaptable to any living space and creates a renewable resource for our County gardeners. Come try something new and help cut down on trash in your home!”

Middlesex County’s EARTH Center is home to the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County and part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the State land-grant universities to residents. Offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University-New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The EARTH Center also offers a host of environmental services to the County. Residents can purchase soil test kits, pesticide application test manuals or submit pest and disease samples for evaluation.  Rutgers trained Master Gardeners also provide free gardening and environmental advice to residents through their Garden Helpline at 732-398-5220, weekdays from 10 a.m. to Noon.

To learn more about the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov and search “extension” or text EXTENSION to 56512 to stay connected with events and updates from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County!

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.