125,000 tons of food and yard waste have been diverted away from landfills this year thanks the composting efforts of thousands of people in Seattle and surrounding areas.
As a thank you, Cedar Grove and Seattle Public Utilities are holding the Big Dig where people can receive a free bag of compost and enter to win a spot to dig in a giant compost pile for thousands of dollars worth of prizes.
"The Big Dig is an event to celebrate all the composting that we do in the Seattle area and so we'll be down here on Saturday digging for prizes in this big beautiful pile of compost" said Mary Ranahan, manager at Cedar Grove.
Seattle resident Julie Garbutt will be there. She grows her own urban garden and is trying to eat for a year on just what she grows.
"We're hoping to win the $3,000 garden makeover" said Garbutt.
There will also be educational booths and experts on hand to talk about gardening and educate people about composting.
"Just by taking the smallest things like a banana peel or an orange peel and putting it into your yard waste cart, you are reducing a lot of waste, you're preventing a lot of pollution and you're helping the environment" said Brett Stav, Seattle Public Utilities.
For more information on the Big Dig visit Cedar Grove's website at www.cedar-grove.com