Final summer compost workshop set for Saturday

Friday, June 24, 2011 | 5:33 p.m. CDT; updated 3:39 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

COLUMBIA — Food scraps and old T-shirts have more to contribute than just extra weight to your garbage bags.

The Columbia Public Works Department will host a free compost workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday in Capen Park, 1600 Capen Park Drive, for anyone interested in learning how to create a homemade compost concoction.

Participants will learn how to re-harvest food waste, newspapers and even T-shirts and will receive either a free waste bin or have the opportunity to purchase discounted bins for $20. Master gardener Steve Kalis will lead the session.

Composting is the common practice of recycling organic material that has outgrown its usefulness. The process not only gives new use to old items, but it also revives dead soil by adding new nutrients.

Saturday's workshop is the last one planned for this summer. The Public Works Department will host more workshops in the fall beginning on Sept. 13. 

Compost sales will continue for those who still wish to purchase it. The city’s calendar includes dates for future sales.

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