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Bring Your Own Bucket: Homewood to host composting event on July 24

Homewood Events Manager Allisa Opyd at the farmers market on Saturday, July 3, promoting a community composting event set for July 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at village hall. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

Homewood will host its first composting event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 24, in an effort to encourage the practice and help residents see how easy it can be.

Residents will be able to leave the event with a bucketful of compost, provided they bring a bucket to fill.

Village Events Manager Allisa Opyd said the event will take place in the village hall parking lot at 2020 Chestnut Road and is being planned in partnership with the Homewood Science Center and the University of Illinois Extension.

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The purpose of promoting composting is to help cut down on waste going to the landfill that could be put to good use in home lawns and gardens, Opyd said.

Residents who want to see what compost looks like, and perhaps apply some to their lawns or gardens, can bring a bucket and fill it up from provided compost. 

Participants can also contribute to composting. Opyd said everyone who attends is invited to bring organic refuse to add to the composting container, helping to generate more of the nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Suggested items include fruits, vegetables, cereals and other grains, miscellaneous food scraps, bakery waste, expired food, liquids like milk or soda, meats and yard waste like grass clippings.

“I hope we will be able to do more of these events next year,” Opyd said. “This one will plant the seed.”

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