The students, ranging in age from 3 years old to middle school, have embraced the new program because they understand that throwing food and paper into the trash is a waste of resources. Making compost is a better way to reuse those materials. Of course, the best option would be to have less food waste, and we are working on that side of it, too.
The schools involved in this pilot program are Smithville Primary Elementary, Fox Hill Elementary and New Mark Middle School (North Kansas City schools), and James Elementary and Border Star Montessori (Kansas City Public Schools). It is funded through a grant from Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District and Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Our hope is to scale up the program next year and get more schools involved!