Local students are working to divert food waste and start composting projects at their schools.
Students from South East Junior High and West Branch Middle School have formed the group Compost Happens. The group started this year with the mission of promoting food waste diversion and starting compost programs at schools around their districts.
“We started the project because it was a problem that needed to be solved to help the environment,” said Max Otoadese, 13, a seventh-grader at South East.
By diverting food waste, compostable items are separated from other trash. This way, the food waste can become compost instead of ending up in the landfill.
The club is working to educate their peers and the administrators about the importance of diverting food waste and composting.