Composting in the Greenfield Public Schools

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Students and staff at all 6 of the Greenfield Public Schools, and Central Office, are now composting about 5 tons a month of food and paper waste at Martin’s Farm in Greenfield. This project was made possible by a 3 year grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Starting in February of 2016, Amy Donovan of the Franklin County Solid Waste Management worked with each school to start the cafeteria and kitchen compost programs, which have reduced cafeteria and kitchen waste by 75 - 80% in each school.

Ms. Donovan also worked with teachers and students in the Greenfield schools to start worm compost bins for composting classroom snack waste. This spring she is finishing up the grant by installing on-site garden compost bins at the schools. By the end of the grant, each school will have 1-2 worm compost bins, and one garden compost bin. These compost systems give students a “hands-on” experience in composting.

 

Mass DEP video highlighting exemplary Green Teams at the Greenfield Public Schools!

 

Radio Minute with Superintendent Harper and Amy Donovan, Program Director of the Franklin County Solid Waste Management

Superintendent Harper and Amy Donovan, Program Director of the Franklin County Solid Waste Management, talk about the GPS waste management program. Air date 5/14/18.

 

GMS students Molly and Thomas talk about Environmental Student Activism (ESA) in the video below.