May 9, 1996
Bette Midler: Grammy winner, Oscar nominee and now, Compost Queen.
“My whole life had been spent waiting for an epiphany, a manifestation of God’s presence, the kind of transcendent, magical experience that lets you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had with my first compost heap,” Midler says in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times.
Midler now smiles down from some 40 billboards around the city, urging residents to “Keep the Green Clean.” It reminds residents that
green recycling containers are for yard trimmings only. No trash.
The entertainer participated in the campaign free of charge.
Midler declared during a 1994 comedy concert that she wanted to be Compost Queen because “all the good causes are taken.” In a magazine essay, Midler also called herself a composting “evangelist.”
“I love compost and believe in it with every fiber (so to speak) of my being. I believe that composting can save, not the entire world, but a good portion of it,” Midler says.