Let’s talk about compost

Contact: Pamela McCurdy, 651-757-2559 or Taylor Holland, 651-757-2385

St. Paul, Minn.—Did you know that between 28 and 38 percent of all waste is compostable? And that composting isn’t limited to just fruit and veggie scraps? Tea bags, tissues and even lint can be added to the compost bin. Every Minnesotan can choose to compost at home by establishing a backyard compost bin or worm compost bin.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is hosting a live Twitter chat about composting on Wednesday, May 7 at 11 a.m., in celebration of International Compost Awareness Week (May 5-11). Get answers to your composting questions by following @MnPCA or #MNCompost and joining the conversation. Compost experts will share information that will help you take action to reduce Minnesota’s waste stream, save space in landfills, save money on trash disposal and improve the quality of the soil in your yard.

MPCA organics and recycling specialists Emily Barker and Tim Farnan will participate in the chat, along with the Recycling Association of Minnesota’s executive director Maggie Mattacola.

To participate, sign into your own Twitter account at 11 a.m. on May 7 and submit a question on the topic using the hashtag #MNcompost.

If you aren’t a Twitter user, you can still follow the chat online at twitter.com/mnpca at the starting time. Post your questions to the MPCA’s Facebook page or email them to communication.pca@state.mn.us. The MPCA will respond to as many tweets and questions on the topic as possible during the chat.

Read more about composting on the MPCA’s Living Green website.