Why Our Students Compost Food in Our Dining Commons

What is compost?

Compost is decayed organic matter.  The organic matter can be anything from leaves, cut grass, egg shells to banana peels. When lots of organic matter is mixed together in a pile and left to decompose, you are left with a nutrient rich fertilizer that helps gardens grow.

Did you know that food waste makes up 30-40% of the waste stream?!  We are composting at The Learning Center to help save valuable landfill space and reduce the pollution associated with hauling heavy food waste.

Each year students are taught to add their discarded foods to the compost bucket located near the trash can instead of throwing it away. Each day, all the food from that bucket is added to the school compost pile located near the basketball goals in the front parking lot.  That compost pile is maintained by Ms. Emily and the resulting compost is used in the gardens around campus and the greenhouse year round.

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