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Composting is Theme of September Workshop

Backyard composting workshops for county residents are set for 10-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 12 in conference room “B” of the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy, 402 Roycefield Rd. Hillsborough.

Participants will learn how to compost kitchen and yard debris into a “black gold” organic material for use in the yard, garden and for houseplants, according to a release about the workshop.

The program also will include a brief presentation titled “Cut It & Leave It,” and other environmentally friendly lawn-care strategies, according to the release.

Composting reduces the amount of discarded garbage, acts as a natural fertilizer by returning nutrients to the soil, improves soil aeration and reduces soil diseases. It also helps to conserve the Earth’s resources, the release said.

For more information and to register, contact Recycling Coordinator Melissa Harvey, Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management, at (908) 231-7109 or harvey@co.somerset.nj.us. A registration form is available at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle/composting.html.

The workshops are sponsored by the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County.

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