Compost is the recycling of organic materials to create a valuable soil amendment. Using it provides plants with essential nutrients, protects soil against the threat of erosion, and increases soil health without the use of chemicals and reduces water pollution.
The poster must include the words "International Compost Awareness Week May 6 – 12, 2013" along with the poster theme "Compost: Nature’s way to grow!". The concept and images of the poster should be based on "compost use" or address the "benefits of recycling organic residuals". We will especially look for images that demonstrate that compost is not limited to a specific use, but has many uses. Compost is used for both commercial and residential applications and in a variety of industries such as landscape, nursery, agriculture and horticulture. For example, compost can be used in vegetable and flower gardens, for tree and shrub planting, for sod production and roadside projects, in wetlands creation, soil remediation and land reclamation, sports fields and golf courses, and for erosion control and stormwater management. When creating your poster, please remember that the winning poster will be reproduced and distributed nationally.
All entries will be reviewed by the judges and the best three identified in each division. The divisions are:
• Grades 3 to 7
• Grades 8 to 12
• College students and adults
There is no entry fee.
The contest is open worldwide to anyone who would like to help celebrate composting and promote the benefits of composting and compost use.
The Poster Contest Winner will have his/her poster reproduced and distributed nationwide. It will be the official 2013 International Compost Awareness Week poster and featured on the US Composting Council Web site. The winning “poster artist” will have his/her name posted on the USCC website and will be included on all print material and in any USCC press releases in association with our Annual ICAW Celebration.
Moreover, the successful poster winner will receive a $500 savings bond prize. The winners of the other two divisions will each receive a $100 savings bond prize. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.