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Composting Program

CCSD Food Waste Composting Program

Students and staff in 49 schools across the District are "sorting it out" during lunch time!

Recycling At Buist AcademyInitiated in the 2012-2013 school year, schools within the District have been educating their students on the importance of recycling food waste and its key role in our plant lifecycle. In partnership with Charleston County Environmental Management and Food Waste Disposal, LLC, CCSD has developed an innovative, student-led waste diversion program that is one of a kind.

In November 2015, the District's compost program was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Outstanding Achievement in Food Waste Prevention and Diversion. To learn more, check out the cover story of the May 2014 edition of BioCycle Magazine and watch the program in action in Charleston County.

Current schools participating in the program

AC Corcoran ES, Angel Oak ES, Ashley River Creative Arts ES, Belle Hall ES, Buist Academy, Cario MS, CE Williams MS, Charleston Progressive Academy ES, Chicora ES, Drayton Hall ES, Dunston ES, East Cooper Montessori Charter School, Ft Johnson MS, Goodwin ES, Harborview ES, Haut Gap MS, Hunley Park ES, Hursey ES, James B. Edwards ES, James Island ES, James Island MS, James Simons ES, Ladson ES, Laing MS, Lambs ES, Laurel Hill Primary, Mary Ford ES, Memminger ES, Midland Park ES, Mitchell ES, Montessori Community, Moultrie MS, Mount Pleasant Academy, Mount Zion ES, Murray LaSaine ES, North Charleston ES, Oakland ES, Pepperhill ES, Pinckney ES, Pinehurst ES, St. Andrews ES, Springfield ES, Stiles Point ES, Stono Park ES, Sullivan's Island ES, Wando HS CAS, West Ashley MS, Whitesides ES, Zucker MS

  • CRecycling Programheck out the 2015-2016 Food Waste Diversion Chart to see how much your school diverted last year!

  • At the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year, 1,360,871 pounds of compostable material was diverted from the landfill across the District!

  • Since the beginning of the program in 2012, CCSD has diverted 3,540,790 pounds of compostable materials from the landfill in total!

  • For more information on this program, take a look at the digital educational toolkit provided to participating schools below.

CCSD Food Waste Composting Digital Education Toolkit

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