The NRRA School Recycling Club

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

On-Site Composting

Schools are great recyclers! They recycle their aluminum cans and they recycle their paper. But what about their food waste, those cafeteria left-over’s from preparing the students’ breakfast and lunch? This material can be easily recycled through composting, nature’s way of recycling. It is the natural process of organic materials (such as food, leaf and yard waste) breaking down into a valuable soil amendment. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of the daily waste in a school is compostable organic matter.

Composting this organic matter on site at a school:

  • Saves money by reducing the school’s disposal costs;
  • Enhances an environmental science program with hands-on science activities;
  • Teaches students about the values of composting in the school and at home;
  • Provides a great example of a natural life cycle; and
  • Gives students a feeling of control over their environment.

Composting in New Hampshire Schools: A “How to” Guide is available to provide the educator and/or administrator at a school, camp or other institution, with enough background information to decide if they want to start composting organics on site. If the decision is made to compost, the Guide also provides a step-by-step process on how to set up a composting project, answer possible questions that may arise, and point out and refer to case studies and other resources that are available for the composter. For easier downloading, Composting in New Hampshire Schools: A “How to” Guide has been divided into four sections:

For more information on how to set up your own school composting program or to order a hard copy of these publications, please contact The CLUB by e-mail at