That’s Not Trash?
- Students will be able to describe the process of composting on a large scale.
Tools & Materials
- A good camera
Close your eyes and imagine if you will a busload of elementary school students pulling up to the main gate at the city dump just outside Buffalo, WY. The city dump, the first thing you think when you hear the word Awesomesauce, right! The moans and groans were deafening.
We exited the bus, met Mr. Doug the man in charge, and began talking about the city’s composting program. The students quieted down, reluctantly listened to Mr. Doug, and within a few minutes started to question him about the process. What followed was nothing short of astonishing. We toured the operation and discussed how we might improve our own composting process.
When the bus pulled out and made the turn toward town the kids screamed thank yous to Mr. Doug for the tour and thanked our staff for what was described in a number of ways as the “best field trip EVER”. Of course, catapulting yourself off the side of a 15-foot high compost pile is fun at any age.
Take a field trip to your local composting operation to explore the process and see how it is scaled to serve the entire community.
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