In time for Earth Day, my kitchen began rolling out the school's composting program. While we don’t have a composting facility on school grounds, a local company, Save That Stuff, will take away our food waste (and paper products and biodegradable plastic cups) and compost it for us.
We began the testing phase of the program last week. Beginning with our middle school lunch, the kitchen asked students and staff to separate food waste from trash. I stood in front of the bins to direct traffic for the first three days. Everyone has caught on by now. This week we introduced it to our upper school lunch. Eventually, most of the school will participate, and we will have enough waste to make it worth it to Save That Stuff to come haul away the waste. At that point our school will have to switch over to using biodegradable garbage bags instead of the regular black bags in the picture above. I’m hoping that we will be saving at least 60% of cafeteria waste from going to a landfill.