EUGENE, Ore. — From green to greener, students are back at school and some are learning how to commercially compost.
At Adams Elementary School students aren’t just learning about going green. They are implementing a new green program.
Adams Elementary and Spencer Butte Middle School are serving as pilot schools in the 4J district for the city of Eugene’s Love Food Not Waste Program.
It starts in the classroom where a bin is set aside for composting and students learn what can go in it.
It’s emptied daily and a student is assigned to take it out.
The compostable items are then picked twice a week and can be transformed to compost within two months using a natural process.
Already, Adams Elementary School is noticing a difference. The school custodian says there’s less garbage to take out.
“He took out one big trash can after all the school lunches, and he says that on a normal basis he takes out one and a half to two. So with implementation of the program they are already seeing that trash is being reduced,” said Stephanie Scafa with the Love Food Not Waste Program.
The goal is to keep 3,200 tons of trash out of the landfill.
All this waste won’t be headed to the landfill. Instead, it will be composted. We are also told that Willamette High School in the Bethel School District is also considering this program.