The students at Maupeltuewey Kina'matno'kuom have been sorting the garbage, recycling, and compost in their cafeteria for years. However, last fall they found an great alternative to curbside collection of organic waste.
One of the school bus drivers asked if he could take the compost to feed his neighbour’s pigs! The school agreed, and throughout the fall and winter, the bus driver took the cafeteria’s compost to the pigs every night. The cafeteria staff said that everyone was extra careful to sort their waste properly so that the compost wasn’t contaminated with plastic or other things that don’t belong in the compost. The students liked that their leftovers were going to a good cause.
The school received photos from the farmer of ‘their’ pigs, as they refer to them. The experiment was so successful that the school is now looking for other farmers in the Sydney area who have pigs that need to be fed and are willing to pick up the compost every day. The students love knowing that their waste is being put to good use as food for other creatures.