The Compost Club began as a project at West Side School in 2003. The school needed a volunteer to coordinate recycling efforts at lunch.
That year, the founder started a vermiculture system to handle 900lbs. of food scraps previously headed to the landfill. It fundamentally changed how waste was handled. The compost produced was sold as a fundraiser for environmental education. The upper grade classes drove the program. Young recycling leaders started to come out of the woodwork.
Since then , nearly a dozen schools and businesses have initiated a site wide vermicompost system through our assistance. In 2013, we are currently reorganizing, and plan to reinstate our nonprofit status. In addition to our school-based programs, we will launch a farm-based model to recycle organic waste at a local dairy operation.
Some key accomplishments of our efforts to date:
- Raised over $25,000 in grant money to start compost programs at sponsored school sites
- Helped schools raise over $8,000 in Compost Sales
- Introduced and instructed 500 educators about composting
- Visited more than 75 classrooms with our “Recycling Changes Everything” talk
- Built and installed more than a dozen compost systems at school and business sites
- Provided free consulting to high tech, university, retreat centers, and food industry establishments
- Diverted nearly 200,000 lbs. of food scraps
- Earn our own unofficial carbon offset estimated at nearly 50 tons, from composting
- Continue to present trainings for university courses, and the Master Gardener program
- Completed a business project plan for vermicompost production at an organic dairy.