Clean Ocean Access has announced that The Healthy Soils, Healthy Seas Rhode Island (HSHSRI) project team will host several backyard composting workshops & giveaways this week.

The workshops aims to teach individuals the art and science of composting and create island momentum to remove all food scraps from the waste stream. All Newport County residents are invited to attend.

The workshops will take place on the following days and times;

  • Monday, May 20th from 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Tuesday, May 21st from 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Wednesday, May 22nd from 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Thursday, May 23rd from 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Friday, May 24th from 12 pm to 2 pm.

All workshops will take place at the Clean Ocean Access Office at 23 Johnny Cake Hill Road in Middletown.

For more information or contact or 401-236- 2561.

Clean Ocean Access recently announced the start of a multi-year project, funded by 11th Hour Racing, entitled Healthy Soils, Healthy Seas Rhode Island. This innovative project aims to inspire long-lasting environmentally responsible behavior by tackling ocean pollution at its root: on land. Healthy Soils, Healthy Seas RI brings together composting efforts across the state in partnership with existing food-waste-diversion groups: The Compost Plant, Rhodeside Revival and the Aquidneck Community Table. The three partners serve as the boots-on-the-ground team that will manage all commercial and residential composting collection and processing with an initial focus on Aquidneck Island.

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Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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