School Composting Program
The School Compost Program is a competitive program for K-12 schools. Selected schools engage in diverting food waste through composting. OPSP provides student and teacher training, composters, and curricula. Schools report their metrics, usually pounds of food composted, and have the opportunity to engage in other activities, such as Get Food Smart TN and share tables to further promote sustainability.
Composting is the accelerated biological decomposition of organic (carbon-based) solid waste under managed aerobic conditions resulting in a stabilized product that can be used as a soil additive, fertilizer, growth media or other beneficial use.
- It conserves energy and natural resources.
- It can be used to improve the much-needed topsoil.
- It can reduce landfill space and the production of methane.
Schools Currently Participating:
Clay County High School
Paulette Elementary School
Big Ridge Elementary School
Moses McKissack Middle School
McMurray Middle School
Resources for Teachers:
TDEC Teacher Training Powerpoint
TDEC Student Training Powerpoint
TDEC Composting Page
Earth Machine FAQ Page
Earth Machine Links and Resources
United States Composting Council – Composting for Teachers and Students
What is a Share Table?
Food Donation and Liability
Share Table at Clay County High School
Interactive Activity at Moses McKissack Middle School
Student Training at Big Ridge Elementary School