Learn to Compost Leaves at Fall Festival (Oct. 24)

The Spokane Master Composters/Recyclers are once again hosting the semi-annual Compost Fair at the Finch Arboretum on Saturday, October 24. The Fair is being held as part of the Fall Leaf Festival and starts at 11 a.m. Attendees must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to complete all of the activities by the 2 p.m. close. Participants will learn how to make compost at home out of garden debris, food scraps and all those leaves that will start falling from their trees. Activity stations will demonstrate the materials that can be composted, types of bins to use, and how to build and turn a pile. There will be hands-on experiences as well as great information shared by Spokane County Master Composters/Recyclers.

The event is free and open to everyone. Spokane County attendees who live in jurisdictions that participate in the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System can receive a free plastic compost bin after completing the learning stations. There is a limit of one bin per household. The bins are provided by the Regional Solid Waste System with grant funds from the Washington Department of Ecology. The Master Composters/Recyclers are volunteers sponsored by the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System.

Also at the Finch Arboretum that day is the Fall Leaf Festival. Information booths, kid’s activities and beautiful fall colors await attendees. You can also play in a big pile of leaves! For more information on the Compost Fair, call Recycling Information at 509-625-6580. The John A. Finch Arboretum is located at 3404 W. Woodland Blvd., at the intersection of Sunset Highway and “F” Street.

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