Students are Leading the Way in Composting at Berlin Elementary School


Secretary Julie Moore of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources visited Berlin Elementary today, where the students showed off their composting abilities. 

This week marks international composting awareness week. Students gave the secretary a guided tour of the school, to show her how the processes works.

From discarding scraps into plastic bins, which feeds the class room worms. Worms play a roll in breaking down the waste, and in the end they are left with nutrient rich compost.

Compost is then used onsite to grow their vegetable garden. Teachers tell us this wouldn’t be possible with out the help from our state’s administration.

“The state does offer periodic grants. Often those grants actually go to the local solid waste districts, that are then in a position to provide both resources in terms of composting buckets and barrels, as well as educational materials that schools can use to start programs in their community,” said Julie Moore, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.
Since 2009, 60 tons of scraps have been turned into soil products. Berlin elementary to date has received nearly $25,000 in grants.
Mandatory composting will take effect in  2020.      

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