ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 18, 2016)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department reminds residents it is not too early to plan a spring garden, or learn how to enhance soils naturally with brown crumbly compost you can make at home.  And it is never too late to divert organic waste from landfill disposal, feeding the soil instead. 

This annual series of composting classes demonstrate the basics of indoor composting using worms and outdoor composting using a variety of containers and recipes.  The classes are led by seasoned composting expert Muriel Williman from Orange County Solid Waste Management, and are FREE for all. Children are welcome, if accompanied by a compost curious adult.

1) Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Composting Demonstration Site
Solid Waste Administrative Office, 1207 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill

2) Wednesday, March 30, from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Carolina Campus Community Garden on Wilson Street, Chapel Hill

3) Saturday, April 2, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Composting Demonstration Site
Community Center Learning Garden (behind the rose garden) on Estes Drive, Chapel Hill

If you happen to miss one of these opportunities, you can schedule your own composting class at one of our demonstration sites for groups of six or more.

For more information, please contact Muriel at 919.968.2788 or email   

Are you ready to start composting INDOORS WITH WORMS right away?  

Worm Bin Make and Take
Sunday, March 6, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00p.m. at the Scrap Exchange in Durham
Cost is $37, but discounts for teachers are available! Good for ages 13+, and kids welcome, if accompanied by an adult.

Check out the Scrap’s online calendar or call 919.213.1278 for more information and to sign up.  Participants will make their own tidy and efficient indoor composting bin specifically designed for composting in apartments, classrooms or other indoor spaces. The workshop includes everything you need to construct and take home your own bin, including worms! Learn how to feed worms your food waste, harvest the compost, and nurture your soil.

Worm Bin Work Shop
Thursday, March 10, from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30p.m.
Southern States, 300 N. Greensboro Street,Carrboro. FREE!
Participants will learn how to feed and care for an indoor worm bin, harvest the compost and use it in a soil mix.  Through the course of the workshop, Muriel Williman will make another worm bin, complete with worms and bedding to raffle off for free to a lucky participant!  Family-friendly, and kids are welcome if accompanied by an adult.