Recycle your Food Waste!

There are now 3 RED Wheelie bins for food waste.  They are located together with a waste and recycling bin in the quad near the library, up the junior block, and near the play area.

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Please put all food leftovers in the RED wheelie bin but no wrapper, and no citrus.

Food waste

We have installed worms farms. We will feed the worms. Please do not disturb the worms so leave the white buckets closed.

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Collecting food waste to make compost

During the Climate Friendly School workshop, Team Green students decided to focus on collecting food waste and establishing a compost in term 2.

We invited Wastebusters Dr Compost to explain about compost and for some guidance on how to start: a food waste audit. We decide to collect the food waste from two classes for two weeks. It is probably not enough but we are a small group and only have 45 minutes per week!

Week One: We designed a poster, contacted teachers in charge, and sourced bins. We choose a Year 7 and a year 8 class.

Food waste bin poster

Week Two: we installed the bins in the two rooms with the posters on them and talked to the teachers -who had both agreed- so that they promote their use to their students. We created a system and a roster to go and empty the bins.

Week Three: No one had emptied to bins! So we go and do this together, it is quite hard work, smelly! And cleaning the bins is also a messy business.

Week-Four: We go again to empty the bins and weigh the result:

7.5kg of food waste collected in 2 weeks from 2 classes

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Comments:

  • There were no wrappers in them. That’s very good. Only one paper napkin found in 2 weeks.
  • There is lots of citrus and bread
  • There are many fruit stickers. And we know they do not compost.
  • There is less food waste the second week than the first. Did people forget? Is it too difficult to  open the lid?
  • It is difficult to wash the bins. We need a brush. And a place to empty the water with food leftovers in it. People will wash their own bins so we need to make it easy.
  • A teacher comments the bin were too big for her class. So we put it out. Will we have a bucket -with lid- per class or a central bigger bin?