Blanco Middle School science students were excited to see the temperature in their compost tumbler (used for cafeteria food waste) rise to over 120° F.
During the school year, science students learned about the decay of biomass and the cycling of matter and energy in nature. To observe and measure this scientific phenomenon and to recycle organic waste created in the cafeteria, a school composting project was created.
Science teacher, Pam Meier, was awarded a grant from HEB through their green bag program to fund the purchase of the compost tumblers. The grant was available through our local KBB, KEEP BLANCO BEAUTIFUL, to be used for an environmental project.
By recycling these materials, we have kept a great deal of organic waste out of the landfill and turned it into valuable nutrients to use on our plants. Students estimate over 800 pounds of waste have been composted since the start of the project.
In addition to cafeteria waste, teachers and students have composted shredded paper, leaves and yard clippings, animal bedding, and organic waste from various community events such as the Project Graduation fun run and Real Ale bike ride. Ms. Meier would like to include more community events in the future. More information will follow at the beginning of the school year.
We would like to thank HEB for funding this project and our local KBB chapter for the encouragement and support in the grant application.