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A composting program that worked so well at one Davis, California elementary school it spread to the whole district! Anne Ternus-Bellamy writes about the Davis district-wide composting system and how it operates on a day to day practice.
Here's how the the DavisRISE composting program works!

More on DavisRise and a more detailed program video.


The Hennepin County Environmental Services have created a two page over view of the district wide composting system in the Robbinsdale School District. To read up on how an entire school district began and executed the composting program look at Robbinsdale School Districts Compost Overview.

Bellingham School District in Washington Saves Money & Reduces Landfill Waste Through Composting This article written by Don Parker-Burgard, a member of the district administration of Bellingham School District, shows how off-site composting can reduce the waste budget of your school and can easily be implemented throughout the school district.

Is your school thinking about starting a compost system? Here are some resources that will help your school identify what is needed to start and maintain a composting program.

CalRecycle has a great resource of detailed case studies and technical support for integrated waste management at schools. If you are thinking about off site composting and/or reduces your school's waste click here!

Chittenden Solid Waste District has created a composting powerpoint that has more in-depth step by step instructions and suggestions to keep an onsite or offsite composting system in your school.

Ecocycle has created an overview of different types/scales of composting depending on what your school is trying to achieve with the compost. It addresses vermicomposting school-yard composting, as well as large-scale composting for district-wide or off-site composting.

This compost training video produced by Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District and directed by kids is a great introductory resource if you are going to begin off site composting at your school.

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