Spaulding High School, along with the elementary and middle schools in Barre Town and Barre City, have been doing their part over the past year to build a cleaner planet.
According to Grow Compost Vermont, during 2018, the schools’ efforts to compost food waste resulted in the diversion of more than 137,000 pounds of food scraps from the solid waste cycle. That’s enough to provide electricity to four houses for a year or prevent nearly 5,000 gallons of gasoline from being used, representing a significant reduction in the schools’ carbon footprint.
“Your recycling efforts in this regard are helping to reduce greenhouse gasses, mitigate climate change, extend the life of our landfills, and build organic soils that can be used by gardeners and landscapers,” Grow Compost VT wrote on certificates recently awarded to each school. “We thank you for being a critical part of the food cycle.”