Eberwhite’s lunch scraps make great compost for Leslie Science Center

Compost bin at Eberwhite
PTO member Julie Agranoff helps students understand the importance of composting.

In the Eberwhite Elementary cafeteria, there are trash bins, recycling bins, and a small 5-gallon bucket lined with a biodegradable bag.

It’s the compost bucket where kids put their leftover apple cores, banana peels, orange rinds and other biodegradable food. Teacher Dave Corsa, who is a master composter and on the board of Project Grow, picks up the bag each day and stores it outside his classroom in a green bin. And once a week, Project Grow’s Joet Roema brings the bag to the Leslie Science Center.

Dave Corsa with compost bag
Teacher Dave Corsa holds a compost bag he grabbed after lunch at Eberwhite.

The compost bag –– which itself is also biodegradable –– goes directly into a compost bin at Project Grow’s Compost Education Center at the science center. The CEC demonstrates hot and cold composting techniques.

Julie Agranoff, committee co-chair of the Eberwhite Green Team, organized the composting efforts at Eberwhite last year, and says she and other volunteers helped educate students at lunchtime. “We did a lot of dirty work, putting on gloves and reaching into the garbage, saying to the kids: Hey, this can be composted!” she said.

Now students seem to understand what can be composted and what cannot, said Corsa. “The kids learned a lot last year.”

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