Wilton schools work to cut down on waste headed to landfills

The Zero Waste initiative, which started as a research project in Family Consumer Science and I-STEM classes is now in progress at Middlebrook school in Wilton.

Last year the students and teachers calculated that our school alone produced over 20,000 lbs of waste that could have been redirected, which is comparable to two adult elephants.

Waste that could be recycled and reused not only helping our school but the environment. Food waste that is composted does not add to the trash and can live another life on a farm or a garden. Composting at school will be a little different than at home. Cider Mill is currently composting and Miller Driscoll and the High School will be starting their composting programs next year.

If all schools start composting we think that we can remove up to 3500 lbs of food waste a week from the Wilton school district. We plan on continuing next year with ongoing education so we can start reducing food waste from the source rather than the "post consumer"  At school we can compost all food scraps.

Wilton schools hopes to make a positive change in the world and knows that working together it can be made possible!


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