February 18th 2014, Asheville High School becomes one of the first public high schools in North Carolina to make the switch to 100% commercial composting. The school joins six local schools in the Lunchroom Composting Program: Hall Fletcher, Isaac Dickson, Vance, Claxton, Ira B Jones and Evergreen Charter School. The program was piloted by Hall Fletcher Elementary in early 2012 and has since educated hundreds of students on composting.
The process is straightforward and simple for the school to maintain. Once the student has finished with their meal, they sort out the food/paper waste from the recyclables from the landfill items at the composting station. At the end of meal period, the compostables are then carted out back to be picked up by local commercial composter Danny's Dumpster. Through Danny's process, the compostables are then converted into nutrient rich topsoil. The school will receive a share of the topsoil for their gardening program.
Asheville GreenWorks Environmental Education Program will educate the students on the importance of not filling our Landfills with food waste and recyclables. With the food waste diverted from the dumpsters, the school will see a cost savings.
Thanks to the School's Ecology Club under the direction of SILSA Science Teacher Cindy Byron for rolling out the program. And thanks to Asheville City Schools for adopting this waste reduction program.
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