Schools are advised to use 5 bins to sort waste: compost (organic waste), liquid, recycling, paper, and trash.
Larger bins, which remain outside, hold daily compost until weekly compost hauling services bring organic waste to a compost facility or farm to decompose into soil (3-5 months later).
Trash waste will decrease by an estimate of 80-90% - a potential cost-neutral reduction.
Students learn there is no “away” with trash. They learn the value of their food waste, the food cycle, climate science, and that they play an important role in supporting the planet.
High quality, uneaten foods will not be wasted and thrown away, but shared with the hungry.