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CORE workshop teaches basics of backyard composting

Environment Week workshop on organic recycling in Lac La Biche

On Tuesday, June 4, around 20 people were given an education on the basics of backyard composting during a workshop that was held at McArthur Place in Lac La Biche.

The Community Organic Recycling Enhancements (CORE) program workshop, which ran from 5-6 p.m., was put on by Lac La Biche Environmental Services as part of local Environment Week activities that kicked off on Sunday, June 2 with a launch party in McArthur Park. There will also be a bird ID workshop in Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park on June 6 from 6-8 p.m. as well as the annual Household Hazardous Waste Roundup and Shredding Event, which takes place at the County Centre from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.

Those who attended Tuesday’s CORE composting workshop gathered in the McArthur Place community hall for a presentation that was given by Julia Shapka of Lac La Biche County Environmental Services. They learned about the benefits of composting, the types of composting that can be done, information about the CORE program, as well as how to compost.

The attendees were also provided with compost tumblers as well as kitchen compost caddies which they could take home and learned how to use during the workshop. Compost Tumblers are composting bins that are kept outside and are flipped, spun and rolled manually. Kitchen compost caddies are plastic bins which are used to collect food scraps until they are full and can be disposed of into a compost tumbler or other outside container.

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