Students, parents and teachers at McKinley Elementary started a composting initiative for leftover lunch waste when school began this year — partnering with local composting service Compost Crusaders, McKinley’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and teachers introduced composting bins and compostable bags to the cafeteria.
Beginning on Sept. 8, students were able to dispose of lunch waste in three bins in the cafeteria: composting, recycling and landfill waste. Within four days of composting, the school had diverted 78.8 percent of its lunch food waste through composting and recycling.
“The impact is greater than just composting,” McKinley Art Teacher Jenny Leigh said. “Teaching the youngest of people the ways to help their planet, it ripples out into our water, our air quality, soil quality, food quality. It’s a much bigger effect.”