Compost food scrapsThe students at St. Paul Catholic School in Cleveland, Ohio  are taking  composting to a new level.

I really like this article, “Students at S. Paul turn food scraps into soil”  by Colette M. Jenkins and I wanted to highlight some of the key points.

The Rev. Ralph Thomas  stated, “…It  is our job  to protect the world  and take care of it. It’s really about good stewardship”

I really like the fact that this school is taking the time to teach kids about how to recycle items correctly.

On Tuesday, Shelly Kadilak, education and promotion specialist for the Summit-Akron Solid Waste Management Authority, talked to the 200 students in pre-kindergarten to eighth grade about composting. She instructed them to throw away plastic — straws, sandwich bags, juice boxes, etc. — in regular trash cans. Organic waste (anything that comes from a living thing), she said, should be placed in the large green composting receptacle.“Food scraps and even the new [compostable] lunch trays that you are seeing for the first time today can go into the container,” Kadilak said. “Juice boxes can be a little tricky because if you tear them, you can see the fuzzy fibers that tell you they are paper that comes from a tree. But if you look closely, there is a thin layer of plastic or foil; that means it’s not compostable and should be thrown in the trash.”

Educating people on how recycling works is the key. How many people really know how to recycle food scraps, plastics, etc? How many people are really taking their efforts seriously? It really isn’t hard to do, but someone needs to go over the steps to insure people have the proper knowledge. I really think the education these kids are getting now will be vital for them as they continue this process into their adult years.

Some other cool highlights from the article:

  • The school has plans to expand its use of compostable items by replacing its polystyrene, plastic spoons, form and cups.  [Long-term goals are a part of this program]
  • Rosby Co”s  16 -acre berry farm will be the recipient of the compost.  [The students will actually be able to see and know that their efforts are helping produce more food for a local company]
  • Local participants coming together and launching  their own recycling program is really cool too.  Do you see this type of action in your community?

This week, we have representatives at the annual US Composting Council Conference in Austin Texas, January 17- 20, 2012  | Booth 43.  Many attendees will be gaining valuable knowledge about compost techniques, improving the value and quality of compost and ways to keep penetrating the compost market.  It is articles like the one above that help me believe that we can make a difference and we can start by educating not only our children but adults as well.

Great Story – Make sure you read it today!

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