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Worms in the kitchen, worms in the classroom

Way back in the early 90's, my children attended a school Prince of Wales in Barrie that believed the children should not bring anything to school in their lunch that would have to be sent to a landfill.

Their solution to this was as follows-

In each classroom there was a container with 4-5,000 worms in soil inside a box. All vegetable and fruit scraps would be placed in the box and the worms would take care of it from there. It is called vermicomposting.

Of course it was only a matter of time before there was a box of worms in our home. Children are early adapters to things that make sense. They could see immediate results to their actions and how those choices effect their environment.

Any container that was brought had to be reusable (first choice and heavily promoted) or recyclable (distant second choice).

This pretty much took care of any waste that had previously been taken to a landfill.

A list was provided to the children to post on their fridge with ideas for a healthy lunch that did not produce waste.

Does anyone know of any schools that are practising this method of reducing waste in their town?

It makes more sense to not create the waste in the first place instead of trying to figure out how to dispose of it afterwards. You have the choice in how big your carbon footprint is. How about it? Ready for some worms in your life? They are quiet, you don't have to clean up after them and they cost nothing to feed except your scraps that were previously going to the landfill.

Comment balloon 4 commentsMichelle Finnamore • November 03 2008 08:05AM


Michelle, thank you for posting this. We compost probably 60% of our "garbage." Another 35% is recycled and the remaining 5% is basically diapers! Our son's kindergarten asked us to send his snack in a separate brown paper bag from his lunch since they eat them at different times. I thought this was a huge waste to begin with but complied and just reused the paper bags over and over until they fell apart and had to be recycled. Then recently the paper bags stopped making it back into his backpack and I'm sure they were ending up in the trash. I asked the lunch supervisor and she said she couldn't be responsible and he would have to remember to bring it back to class with him b/c they didn't take their backpacks to snack. So I have resorted to rubberbanding together a snack for him and just throwing it into his backpack without a bag. So far so good. I LOVE the idea of having worms at the school. I am going to bring it up with my son's principal!

Posted by Annie Pinsker-Brown, Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager (Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging) over 11 years ago

HI Annie, it is sooooo easy to have worms in the class. Plus they end up with great compost for the school flower gardens in the spring.

It is sometimes an uphill battle to come up with simple solutions at school. There are so many things that have to get done in a day. It doesn start with leadership in the school. We had dedicated teachers that made it happen along with the support of parents and the children.

I haven't bough rubber bands ever. Always resuse and ask people for theirs if they throw them out.

Haven't bought a note pad ever. Just reuse the backs of paper that come into the house- flyers, envelopes etc.

Out town does not allow diapers to go to the landfill. There is a diaper recycling depot in our town.Hmmmm... think I would rather use cloth than haul them babies to the centre.

Good luck with your efforts. Let me know how you make out. Change comes with a single effort by one person teaching another.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 11 years ago

I have never heard of this, it should make for some interesting learning discussions for the children.

Posted by Mary Strang over 11 years ago

Hi Mary, yes the younger ones want to know where the worms go to the bathroom!

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 11 years ago

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