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  • 1.  Food waste from Cafeteria and Composting solutions

    Posted 04-11-2023 01:10:00 PM

    Hello! We have been doing some composting but are hoping to expand our efforts by taking more of the cafeteria waste to compost in our school garden.
    Looking for suggestions of easy to collect/carry bins for the students participate. We have 5th graders that enjoy collecting the compost and taking it to the garden but it often gets too heavy even in a small rectangular Sterlite type container. We don't want to make another job for our teachers or custodians.
    Also, those that do compost from the cafeteria do you find an open chicken wire and pallet 3 bin to be substantial or do you rotate other compost systems? 
    FYI we are in CO where it is usually dry, except when it is snowing (lol) hot sun and rodents like voles and mice can be an issue. 
    Thanks for your advice.

    Pamela Cooley
    Prairie Winds Elementary
    Hawk Gathering Garden- Volunteer Garden
    Monument CO USA

  • 2.  RE: Food waste from Cafeteria and Composting solutions

    Posted 04-12-2023 11:17:00 AM

  • 3.  RE: Food waste from Cafeteria and Composting solutions

    Posted 06-22-2023 12:18:00 PM

    So great to keep it student-driven! How about 3 gallon buckets with handles? A 5 gallon bucket can get too heavy, but the smaller size is manageable. The 3, 5 & 7 gallon buckets use the same size lid, so it will all be inter changeable. 

    By the way, love the gamma lids, but find them hard to clean. Has anyone tried the snap on lid & tied a lid lifter to the handle? Or other ideas? THX!

    Kathleen McLynn

  • 4.  RE: Food waste from Cafeteria and Composting solutions

    Posted 03-20-2024 11:33:00 AM
    Edited by Joe Suarez 03-21-2024 07:03:27 AM

    When transporting food items from the cafeteria to the garden, especially if the distance is significant, rolling carts can be incredibly useful. Opt for sturdy carts equipped with durable wheels capable of navigating outdoor terrain with ease. This is particularly important when transporting delicate dishes or containers, such as those containing hot soups or intricate beef gravy recipes, ensuring they reach their destination safely and intact.

    Joe Suarez