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Improve your composting skills with these free workshops

ADDISON COUNTY — Emily Johnston, the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Addison County Solid Waste Management District Board, invites homeowners and renters to come to a free workshop hosted by the ACSWMD this fall. Upcoming topics include Backyard Composting, Vermicomposting, and Plastic Recycling. 

To attend, please fill out the sign-up form or call the District Transfer Station in Middlebury at 802-388-2333. Registering allows the district to bring enough supplies and alert attendees of any scheduling changes.

To see when the upcoming workshops are happening, head online to Here are some workshops that are already planned:

Backyard Composting — Learn what makes a compost pile successful, the different types of compost, how to build a pile, and ways to troubleshoot common compost problems. Oct. 11, 12 noon – Location: Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St., Middlebury.

Vermicomposting: Worms Ate My Food Scraps — Worms crawl through layers of bedding and food scraps, eating as they move, digesting the food waste into nutrient-rich castings. Come learn about vermicomposting systems. – Oct. 23, 5 p.m. – Location: Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St., Middlebury and Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m. – Location: Bixby Memorial Free Library, 258 Main St, Vergennes.

Plastic Recycling: Demystified — Filmy, hard, stretchy, made to last, and made to break apart; plastic is versatile and tricky to recycle. Attend to learn the dos and don’ts of plastic recycling. — Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m. – Location: To Be Determined.

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