Being a ‘green’ school, the staff and students of Suwilaawks have entered into the exciting world of compost. A huge thank you to Telus for providing the industrial sized composters. Mini-compost collecting bins are in each classroom. During the day, a team of composters stealthily move through the hallways and collect the waste to put in the huge compost bins.
The formula for greens (organic waste) and browns (kind of like the filler) is an art. If too many greens are added, the compost becomes liquidy. We do try to recycle as much as possible and the school’s discarded papers are shredded and added to the compost. This helps balance the ‘greens’. Once in the barrels, the students turn the bins with a giant ‘steering’ wheel. It is amazing how much heat is produced. The finished compost is then put in our community gardens. The entire process is quite the learning experience.