Composting with Schools

From public to private, toddlers to high schooler’s, we compost with 20 schools & 8,890 students. There’s a wave of sustainability sweeping through Omaha area schools, and you should join!

BENEFITS

  • On average, schools divert over 60% of cafeteria waste

  • Landfill trash bags are cut down by 50% to 80%

  • Landfill dumpster pickups are reduced by 25% to 60%

  • Custodians have less work

  • Students learn about & participate in composting

“It’s a win-win situation”

Read about what Omaha Public Schools' District Communications said.

 
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It’s Nature’s Version of Recycling

Composting transforms food waste into nutrient-dense soil which farmers & gardeners in our community use to grow trees, flowers, and food. As the area’s only commercial composting farm, we compost food waste, napkins, paper trays, along with yard waste and compostable service-ware.

Consequences of Landfilling Food

METHANE: Over half of what’s in the landfill is compostable. Most folks assume these materials simply break down into dirt. In reality, food waste in a landfill puts off methane gas, which is 120 times worse than CO2.

LEACHATE: The water from food mixes with everything else in a landfill, producing a toxic sludge called leachate, which can get into our waterways and do some nasty stuff.

SPACE: Food waste shortens the life span of a landfill. Building new landfills is costly, and finding space for them is incredibly difficult.

 
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Smell, bugs, and rodents are the most common concerns we hear about when introducing composting. But we got good news for you: it’s not an issue. Here’s why:

  • We sanitize the totes: During warm months, we use a high-powered, high-heat can washer to sanitize totes. Our process captures the water, which means we clean on-sight with no mess. During cold months, we replace plastic bag liners each week.

  • Animals can’t get in: Because of the way the lid sits on the lip, animals can’t get in. But if prefer, we can always lock or clamp the lid shut.

  • Use one-a-day: Since most schools just use our totes in the cafeteria, we suggest dedicating one clean/empty per day, which ensures you are never bringing old food back inside.

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After implementing with 16 schools, we can verifiably say our program works great! From toddlers to high schoolers, and with programs that launched in three months or as fast as 3 days, we’ve established the best practices to make your on boarding simple & easy.

First step: Reach out to us to set up a meeting to go over the program. We’ll do the heavy lifting for you on figuring out how to set up the program.

To help bring staff & students onboard, we’ll conduct an instructional presentation and assist in the cafeteria the first week. And the cherry on top: we’ll weigh everything & provide a report so you can show off your waste diversion data with the world!

 
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We have the area’s only commercial composting farm located in Ashland, Nebraska right next to the Wildlife Safari Park. Our farm goes by the name of Soil Dynamics. At this site, we turn it into clean, nutrient-dense soil that gardeners & farmers use throughout our community.

 
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From 24 trash bags at lunch, down to 4 ... Wow, I have to say the composting this far has been such a simple & amazing addition. They came out & walked us through the process, did a couple of assemblies with our students & staff and ... BAM! We were off & running.
— Principal Greg Eversoll, Chandler View
This whole concept is about recycling but it also means less work for our custodians, less trash on sight, less trash on the cafeteria tables and floors, and increased student responsibility.
— Principal Thomas Lee , Omaha Northwest Magnet High School