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Jun 13, 2012


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Kathy O'Hern
Permitting and Compliance


DEQ Sponsors Free Home Composting Seminar in Helena


Helena – Successful home composting can be a challenge in Montana. To make it easier, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is bringing Jean Bonhotal, a composting expert from the Cornell Waste Management Institute, to teach Helena area homeowners the secrets to composting success. There will also be a drawing to win a free small scale home composting unit at the workshop.

The “Composting in Montana” workshop will be held on Thursday, June 21 from 9 am until noon at the Montana Association of Counties Building, 2715 Skyway Drive in Helena. Topics will include:
• Reasons to compost
• The composting process and why it works
• Locating feedstocks
• Building a backyard bin from scratch
• Trouble shooting your compost, and
• Samples of commercially available home composting units.

The instructor, Jean Bonhotal, has worked at the Cornell Waste Management Institute in solid waste education for over 20 years. For the past ten years, she has worked on methods of composting various materials, such as agricultural waste, food, manure, animal carcasses, and more. She has experience working with different government agencies and the landscape and greenhouse industry. She received an M.S. degree in Education and Communication from SUNY Binghamton in 1991, a B.S. in Biology from Utah State University in 1984 and an A.A.S. in Natural Resources from SUNY Morrisville.

To register, visit the DEQ website at or contact Kathy O’Hern at 406-444-9879 or email her at

The DEQ will make accommodations for people with disabilities who wish to participate in the workshop. If you require an accommodation, please contact Lisa Peterson at (406) 444-2929 or by Tuesday, June 19.

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