DIY Waste Management
- Students will be able to describe what can and cannot be composted.
Tools & Materials
- Access to the entire school’s waste stream
Food waste is a large portion of the inputs for landfills, creating environmentally damaging methane emissions, and represents a loss of potential nutrients that could have been recaptured for use in soil building.
We all play a part. A small portion of what could be composted in the US actually is. And very few of us do as much as we can at home or school. One of the main reasons people don’t compost at the residential level is because they are intimidated by the process, unsure of exactly what could be composted or how to manage the system.
But as you already know from previous lessons, there are a multitude of methods to compost food and yard waste.
Using the food and yard waste from three different days as a sample, extrapolate your data to determine what percentage of your school’s waste is actually compostable and could be diverted from the landfill.
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