Composting Together


Students at W.G. Mallett School have reduced their school’s contribution to the waste stream in several ways. They have instituted composting for their food waste and paper recycling for the large quantities of paper used in the school, and they are also reducing the amounts of waste generated through simple techniques. Students made posters and bulletin boards and wrote reports on the process of composting.

Students visited the recycling center that collects their food and paper waste. The total weight of the material delivered from the school is tallied. They saved about 5 tons of food from going into the trash and to a landfill through their composting program.

University of Maine at Farmington partnered with the W. G. Mallett School and the Sandy River Recycling Association to help implement the composting project at the elementary school.