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On-Site Composting for Schools

The NYC Compost Project provides composting education, including workshops and tours, so that NYC teachers and students can learn how to compost indoors and outdoors.

Contact the NYC Compost Project program in your borough for information and schedules:

NYC Teacher Workshops – workshops for teachers about worm composting (vermicomposting), a fun, hands-on way for students to learn about decomposition, the food chain, and organics recycling. In these workshops, teachers learn how to set up a worm bin, feed worms with food scraps, maintain a healthy worm bin ecosystem, and harvest the finished compost.

Composting Workshops for the Classroom – hands-on workshops for students in grades 1 through 8 about the importance of recycling and composting. These classroom presentations include interactive projects and a live worm bin to demonstrate the science of composting in action.

Compost Demonstration Site Tours –NYC Compost Project Demonstration Sites across the City display a variety of compost bins, different stages of decomposition, and information explaining the composting process.

Service Learning with the NYC Compost Project –school groups pitch in at community compost sites and do chopping, mixing, sifting, and other maintenance tasks to learn how to set up and manage an outdoor compost system.