Composting Seminars


Sales of compost bins, pails and accessories are by pre-order only. Place an order here.

The District offers composting presentations for children and adults. The seminars, typically scheduled from March through October, educate about the science of composting and 
provide residents with how-to-compost instruction. 

Affordable compost bins are available for purchase at the seminars and at our office in Garfield Heights. See the types of composting products we offer.

For information about composting or questions about our seminars or composting equipment, call (216) 443-3731 or send an email.

The following presentations are available.


Backyard Composting 101

Get the dirt on backyard composting. Learn the science of composting and receive how-to-compost instruction. One hour. Free, open to the public.
Upcoming Backyard Composting 101 Seminars

Thursday, June 24, 2021
6:00 PM ET * Zoom Meeting
Register here for the webinar.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
12:00 PM ET * Zoom Meeting
Register here for the webinar.

Thursday, July 29, 2021
6:00 PM ET * Zoom Meeting
Register here for the webinar.

Tuesday, August 12, 2021
12:00 PM ET * Zoom Meeting
Register here for the webinar.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
6:00 PM ET * Zoom Meeting
Register here for the webinar.

Thursday, September 9, 2021
12:00 PM ET * Zoom Meeting
Register here for the webinar.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
6:00 PM ET * Zoom Meeting
Register here for the webinar.

Thursday, October 6, 2021
12:00 PM ET * Zoom Meeting
Register here for the webinar.

Thursday, October 19, 2021
6:00 PM ET * Zoom Meeting
Register here for the webinar.


To request a seminar for your group or organization, contact the District's education specialist at (216) 443-3731 or request a speaker.

 


composting with worms: vermicomposting 101

The red wiggler worms crawl in, the red wiggler worms crawl out. We'll teach you about vermicomposting and how to use these special worms to compost organics into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Vermicomposting is a great option for apartment dwellers or those who want to compost indoors. Stop sending your food scraps to the landfill! One hour. Free, open to the public.


Upcoming Vermicomposting Seminars

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
12:00 PM ET * Zoom Meeting
Register here for the webinar.

Monday, August 30, 2021
12:00 PM ET * Zoom Meeting
Register here for the webinar.

Thursday, September 30, 2021
12:00 PM ET * Zoom Meeting
Register here for the webinar.

Thursday, October 28, 2021
12:00 PM ET * Zoom Meeting
Register here for the webinar.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
12:00 PM ET * Zoom Meeting
Register here for the webinar.

To request a seminar for your group or organization, contact the District's education specialist at (216) 443-3731 or request a speaker.

 

 

Ask the Composting Experts!

Did you start a backyard compost pile for the first time this year? Have you been composting for a while, but you still have questions? Join us for this fun, interactive webinar where you'll have the opportunity to speak with local composting experts. One hour. Free, open to the public.

Upcoming Ask the Composting Experts Presentations

There are none scheduled at this time.


To request a seminar for your group or organization, contact the District's education specialist at (216) 443-3731 or 
request a speaker.


Composting Creatures for Kids

For kids in grades 4-7.  Compost piles are full of interesting creatures such as bacteria, fungi, worms, and. insects. These organisms work hard to decompose our food scraps, grass clippings, and dead leaves, turning it into nutrients that help our soil. Join us as we learn the biology of composting. One hour. Free, open to the public.

Upcoming Composting Creatures Seminars

There are none scheduled at this time.

 

To request a seminar for your group or organization, contact the District's education specialist at (216) 443-3731 or request a speaker.

 


COMMENTS ABOUT OUR SEMINARS


It was a great workshop – and I’m super excited to try out my new Yard Butler. J
-- Claire Posius, Cleveland


I used the Yard Butler as soon as I got home and it worked even better than I expected!  It’s a very well made tool and is perfect for aerating the composter, I’m glad I purchased it. Thank you again and if we have any Composting questions, we know who to go to.
 -- Celia Bajda, Westlake


I definitely benefitted from the workshop. Although I have composted for years, the information from the workshop changed my procedures 
and the results have been wonderful. -- Robin, Cleveland Heights


I am so glad that I started composting my kitchen waste!!  What a great way to amend this clay soil. Your seminar made it so easy to understand
the process. And I know you would approve of the way we have repurposed our trash cans as they now hold our potato crop
. -- Ginny Haessly, Bay Village


Speaking to a few residents I learned that they found the seminar very helpful and were speaking highly of the session plus the information you had provided. -- Deepa, Buckeye Development Corporation


Thank you for conducting the Compost Seminar. I heard a lot of positive feedback! Great job!  -- Jennifer Milbrandt, City of Strongsville

 


FREE MANURE!!

Hot out of the barn! County residents can kick-start their compost pile with free horse manure from locations in Cuyahoga County. Bring your own container, pick-up truck and tools to load the manure yourself.

Berea -- Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Horse Barns
Enter from the Bagley Road entrance for Lot 5. Follow the road to drive all the way back to the horse barns, and look to your left for a dumpster marked "Ohio Bulk/Free Manure." Drive slowly - the speed limit around the horse area is 5 MPH for the protection of people and animals. Bring your own containers and shovel. 

Cleveland -- Cleveland Police Mounted Unit Barn
If you're closer to the Cleveland Police Mounted Unit barn (
1150 East 38th St, Cleveland), you can ask them too. Bring your own containers and tools. Call the CPMU at (216) 623-5653.

 

TELL US HOW YOU'RE DOING!

Once a year, the Solid Waste District will survey interested residents of Cuyahoga County to see how they're doing with their composting efforts. Your city of residence will get a recycling credit that is reported to the Ohio EPA. If you are doing backyard composting and would like to add your name to the list of people who are surveyed send an email to be added to the list. The survey will be sent to you via email early in the year. Thank you in advance.


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