Actually, I’m not sure many schools are even aware that Waste Management will collect specially sorted organic (a.k.a. “green”) waste from their lunchrooms.
Well they can now, and they do.
Peralta Elementary, always a leader in gardens and all things green, has reduced its landfill-bound trash this year by 75 percent, according to Christopher Waters, an active parent.
Today, Glenview Elementary School kids began sorting the remains of their lunches between the trash, recycling and compost bins for its brand new composting program. Fifth-graders will soon be trained to monitor the sorting process. (We don’t want Hot Cheetos bags to mingle with the leftover barbecue sauce and unwanted bread crusts that are rotting away, producing humus.)
Read what the EPA has to say about compost here. The site has a detailed description of what it is and how it’s used — although it seems to refer to the kind you do at home, rather than the large-scale compost pick-up happening at schools.
Interested in making the switch? Waters and his environmentally-minded ilk would be more than happy to help you get things going. For resources and support, you can go to the OUSD Garden Council’s Yahoo! site at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ousdgardencouncil/
If you want to go straight to Waste Management, its schools coordinator is Rebecca Parnes. (RParnes@wm.com)
What other schools are composting these days, or thinking about it? Do you think OUSD should let those schools keep the savings from its trash bills and use it for other facilities needs?
image from absolutwade’s Web site at flickr.com/creativecommons