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Compost Champions: Kids Composting their Way to a Greener Future

June 26, 2024

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Compost Champions: Kids Composting their Way to a Greener Future

Compost Champions: Kids Composting their Way to a Greener Future

Composting: The Superhero Sidekick We All Need

You know those friends who always seem to have their life together? The ones who effortlessly juggle a million responsibilities, look impeccable, and still have time to volunteer at the animal shelter on the weekends? Well, composting is kind of like that friend – the quiet, unassuming superhero sidekick that’s helping save the planet behind the scenes.

I’ll admit, when my kids first wanted to start composting, I was a little skeptical. Another chore to add to the never-ending to-do list? No thanks. But then I learned just how powerful composting can be, and let me tell you, these little compost champions have become the MVPs of our household.

The Scoop on Food Waste

Did you know that a staggering 20% of the stuff we throw away in our homes is actually compostable food waste? That means one-fifth of our trash could be transformed into nutrient-rich soil instead of ending up in a landfill. And when food waste decomposes in landfills, it releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Yikes.

According to the team at Sustainable Westport, the Zero Food Waste Challenge aims to reduce residential food waste by 25% or more. That’s a lofty goal, but with composting champions like my kids on the case, I have no doubt our community can make it happen.

Meet the Compost Champions

When my twins, Liam and Lily, first came to me with the idea of starting a composting system at home, I’ll admit I was a little skeptical. “Another chore? Really?” I remember thinking. But then they started rattling off all the amazing benefits, and I couldn’t help but get excited.

“Composting doesn’t just reduce waste, Mom,” Lily explained, her eyes shining. “It also creates this super nutrient-rich soil that’s perfect for growing plants and veggies. And it’s way better for the environment than throwing food scraps in the trash.”

Liam chimed in, “Plus, it’s actually really fun. We get to collect all the fruit and veggie peels, eggshells, and coffee grounds, and then watch them turn into this dark, crumbly ‘black gold’ for our garden.”

I have to hand it to them – my kids really did their homework. They showed me how easy it is to set up a simple composting system, whether it’s a countertop bin, a backyard tumbler, or even just a designated spot in the yard. And they’ve been faithfully maintaining our compost pile, making sure to add the right balance of “greens” (nitrogen-rich materials like food scraps) and “browns” (carbon-rich materials like shredded paper or leaves).

Composting 101 for Kids (and Parents!)

One of the coolest things about composting is that it’s an activity the whole family can get involved in. Liam and Lily have made it a point to teach their friends and neighbors about the joys of composting, and they’ve even started a composting club at their school.

“It’s so easy, and it makes such a big difference,” Lily told me the other day. “We just keep a little bin on the counter for our food scraps, and then once a week we take it out to the compost pile. The worms and bacteria do all the hard work, and in a few months we’ve got this amazing soil to use in our garden.”

Liam added, “And it’s not just for fruit and veggie scraps – you can compost things like eggshells, coffee grounds, and even paper towels. As long as it’s not meat or dairy, it can go in the compost!”

To make composting even easier, the town of Westport has set up a free food scraps recycling program at the local transfer station. Residents can simply collect their compostable materials in a designated bin and drop them off on their way to the dump. How convenient is that?

The Power of Composting

As I listen to Liam and Lily excitedly explain the intricacies of composting, I can’t help but feel inspired. These kids are not only taking responsibility for their own waste, but they’re also educating their peers and community about the incredible impact composting can have.

Composting doesn’t just reduce landfill waste and greenhouse gas emissions – it also helps build healthy, nutrient-rich soil that can be used to grow food and support local ecosystems. And as my kids have shown, it’s a task that even little ones can tackle with enthusiasm and dedication.

In fact, according to Russ Avery, the founder and CEO of Avery & Brown B Corp, composting is one of the easiest and most effective ways we can all contribute to a greener future. “Greening our garden as much as possible” is a priority for him, and he’s not alone.

A Greener Future, One Compost Pile at a Time

As I reflect on our family’s composting journey, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride and optimism. Liam and Lily have not only transformed our household waste management, but they’ve also inspired others in our community to follow suit.

In fact, the team at Sustainable Westport has partnered with the local church, CHT, to promote their Zero Food Waste Challenge – a program that aims to reduce residential food waste by 25% or more. And my kids have been at the forefront of this initiative, educating their neighbors and rallying support for the cause.

It’s amazing to see how a simple act like composting can have such a ripple effect. By diverting food scraps from landfills and transforming them into nutrient-rich soil, we’re not only reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions, but we’re also nurturing the very foundations of life.

And as I look at my kids, eyes shining with excitement as they plan their next compost-related project, I know that the future is in good hands. These Compost Champions are leading the charge towards a greener, more sustainable world – one compost pile at a time.

So, if you’re looking to make a difference, why not start in your own backyard? Grab the kids, start a compost bin, and watch as your food scraps are transformed into black gold. Trust me, it’s a superhero sidekick worth having on your team.

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