2012-2013 Slider Student Life — 26 April 2013
Ready to rot

ESA brings compost bins to O-High

ESA senior Melanie Saechao sorts waste into the correct bin. image credit:Stopwaste.org

By Yoshi Rodriguez-Takada

In this year’s Earth Day, on April 22, Oakland High School introduced a new kind of disposal for food waste.

The Environmental Science Academy (ESA) received approval from the district to allow Oakland High to have a new bin.  The usual bins that we have are trash and recycling, and now we have added, a compost bin.

The compost bin is being placed because the seniors and sophomores have discovered that we are wasting perfectly good compostable items.

Academy Co-Director Katie Noonan said, “In our school about 60% of our garbage that goes to the landfill, can be used for composting for school gardens.” A group of seniors discovered this while performing a trash audit for their senior projects.

“A lot of this trash can be composted for the greater good,” said Noonan.

On Earth Day, ESA seniors and sophomores assisted students in the cafeteria with distributing the various waste products into the correct bins.

“This is just another step for O-High to become more efficient in becoming green,” said Noonan.  “We hope more can come out of this.”

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