Bokashi in Education
The use of Bokashi in schools has great potential for our green future. Bokashi not only deals effectively with organic waste but it fuels interest in the bigger picture of recycling, re-use and waste minimisation. It also encourages our younger generation to help others, it also teaches them where food comes from and the life-long skills of gardening and composting.
Environmental Conservation and sustainability are concepts that can be easily presented and demonstrated in schools through the use of the Bokashi Composting System. The system can be used to establish a school garden, enhance science units, or as an ongoing project in food waste reduction and recycling.
Introducing a recycling activity into a school setting can be as simple as collecting a bucket of food waste in a classroom or setting up a daily food collection across lunch areas. In fact, Bokashi composting activities often starts in one classroom and evolves into a total school project, and then hopefully, expands into the community.
Proposing a Composting Programme
For your project to be successful, it's important that you have the support of your fellow teachers, staff, children and parents. Common barriers to composting in schools typically include space constraints, flies, odours and unsightliness of outdoor piles. With Bokashi Composting, these issues are taken care of.
Focus on the value of recycling food waste and the benefits of the Bokashi system and you'll soon win over any doubters! Or contact EM Sustainable Living on the above telephone number and we can point you in the right direction.
Develop a Project Plan
Decide what do you want to achieve from your recycling project? Consider how this project will enhance the school and the wider community.
Decide what do you need in order to establish the project (including training)?
Decide how is the programme going to operate? Note, if your school already has a gardening programme in place, make sure the two projects work together.
Decide how much will it cost to establish and operate your system, how will it be funded?
Do a food waste audit to determine just how much food waste your school generates. Even if you are generating large volumes of waste, it's a good idea to start on a small scale (for example, 1-2 classrooms), until you are comfortable with the process, before progressing to larger volumes.
Decide if you want the compost for gardening, start collecting food waste at least a month before you need it in the garden. Bokashi treated food waste needs at least 2 weeks fermentation inside your buckets and another 4 weeks in the soil before you plant anything. You can collect and bury waste at any time if you are not establishing a garden immediately. Either way, make sure the logistics are in place to ensure the process runs smoothly.
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