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Composting in schools

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Composting at school is a fun way to learn about nature while also reducing the amount of organic waste that your school produces. An added bonus is that you can actually get to see the end result of your efforts - the finished compost can be used to beautify your school's grounds!

What makes good compost?

Good compost depends on a variety of ingredients to make the right mix.

To get healthy compost and avoid a slimy mess infested with fruit flies you need to add 'brown' materials (torn up cardboard boxes, wood shavings or straw work well) each time you add your 'greens' (such as fruit waste). The ratio needs to be about 50:50. It takes your compost about a year to rot down, after which you'll need to use it!  Home-made compost is full of nutrients and perfect for beds or tubs around your school.

More information on composting:
Home composting 

How do I look after my compost heap?

Your compost heap should ideally:

  • Be placed in a partially sunny spot to help speed up the process
  • In an area that is well drained to allow water to drain out
  • On soil so that worms can get in and help break down the contents


We need help with our compost!

If you have the bins (click the link below to see how your school can get free compost bins) but you don't know what to do, we can help. The Waste Minimisation Officer or one of our Master Composter volunteers can come out and give a practical demonstration on how to start and maintain your compost system in school. Please email to contact us.