Compost school lunch waste

  • Location
    Marshall, Michigan
  • Status
  • Age Level
    8 to 10 Years
    11 to 13 Years
    14 to 18 Years

The Problem

We notice that there are literally several huge garbage cans with food waste at our schools. We want to learn to compost that wasted resource and use it for a school garden.

Our Plan

We researched and built compost bins for red wigglers. By adding water and newspaper and the appropriate food waste, we will composte those materials and create good soil for a school garden. We would like to apply for grants for those rotating compost bins to house these projects at two elementary schools and one middle school.

Themes Addressed

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    Climate Change
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    Water Pollution & Conservation
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    Zero Waste

The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

Excellent! We researched how to compost, we looked at other work by Roots and Shoots groups, and divided the work into smaller areas. Of course, like many of oour projects, we were not able to see it through at school, but lots of members were inspired to compost at home, to take different foods to school, etc.

Through this project I/we learned:

You can't easily get red wrigglers in Michigan in the winter! Power tools and lots of workers help to build several compost bins in a couple of hours. The people who provide materials, the people who research, and the people who pick up are all important members of the team

What I/we might change:

Have our grant established before we made our bins. We wanted to purchase the tumbling sorts of bins that could be stored outside at school. We wanted one for our middle school and two for elementary schools. We might have each student build a small bin for home use.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

Tearing up the papers, drilling holes, working together!

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Buy the worms before you start!

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