Local school now recycling food waste

Lambs Elementary launches new food waste recycling program (John Gaddy/WCIV)

By Sonya

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- One local school is getting even greener.

Lambs Elementary School in North Charleston launched a new Food Waste Diversion Program Monday, which aims to keep more waste out of the landfill while teaching kids to be more environmentally friendly.

Landfill, compost and recycle - those are the three options that students at Lambs Elementary have when they dispose of their trash.

"It's pretty easy when we get up from lunch to separate our food and our compost," said

Cameron Shropshire, 5th grader at Lambs Elementary.

And that compost bin includes items such as milk cartons, napkins and uneaten food.

"We started food composting with Charleston County environmental. It was a project we started with Bosch," said Jarmalar Logan, principal of Lambs Elementary. "They constructed the apparatus that we have to separate landfill items from compost items and recycling items."

The school is known for being green, which is why they were chosen to pilot this program.

"This is the first school in the Charleston County school district to collect food waste,' said Bronwyn Santos, community representative for Greening Schools Program.

"The food waste will then be hauled by a food waste hauler and it will be taken to the Bees Ferry landfill composting facilities where it is going to be processed and turned into compost."

The school has also turned this into an educational opportunity.

"The children have seen video footage of what goes into a landfill, so they understand that we want to save those things that we can so that again we are reusing, repurposing items all the time," said Logan.

And the ultimate goal is to inform the children at any early age of the importance of taking care of the environment.

"We need to recycle more to help the earth and not pollute it and make the world look better," said Shropshire.

Santos hopes that this new food waste recycling program will continue to grow across Charleston County. She says the hope is to introduce it to another school by the end of the month and then add a couple of schools a month through the school year.

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