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Haddonfield, Black Horse Pike Regional and Collingswood School Districts Implement Composting Programs

Haddonfield, Black Horse Pike Regional and Collingswood School Districts Implement Composting Programs

School districts around the county have begun composting their cafeteria food waste.  In Haddonfield, the program began in 2013 in all five schools.  Julie Beddingfield, Chair of Haddonfield’s Environmental Commission, was one of the champions of this program.

“In Haddonfield, the Borough covers the cost of solid waste removal from the schools, while the schools obviously retain control over food service and waste collection’ she says.  “The Borough and the school district entered into a cooperative agreement to implement the program.  All of the cafeterias have been equipped with several stations of bins – green bins for compost, orange for recycling and black for trash.  School staff and students were trained on sorting their waste after lunch.  At the high school, students from the environmental club took shifts monitoring the stations to help students learn the process.”

One of the most successful rates of diverting the food is at Elizabeth Haddon Elementary, where the 5th Girl Scout Troop took on composting as their silver award projects.  The Scouts called it ‘Mission Decomposition’ and made up t-shirts and informational posters that they hung around the cafeteria.   They also conducted a formal presentation for the entire school body about the importance of composting, how to do it and the environmental benefits.

All three school districts have partnered with Organic Diversion, LLC, based in Marlton, NJ.