Belvedere starts daily composting in cafeteria

Belvedere students now put their uneaten fruits, vegetables and nuts in red buckets that are taken to a composter, where they will break down into nutritious soil for our garden beds. Our daily compost weighs about as much as a first-grader: an average of 50 pounds. Most of it is fruit, such as pears that have only had a few bites taken out or unpeeled and mysterious kiwi.

The students are catching on quickly to the new cafeteria dis-assembly line, where they get rid of compost, then recyclables, then trash. Some classes, such as Miss Zapple’s fourth-graders, have streamlined the process by sorting at their table so one student brings up a tray of all the table’s compostables, one brings up a tray of all the table’s recyclables, and a third student gets rid of the trash.

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