Composting is a natural biological process of decomposition and recycling of organic material (such as leaves, grass, fruit and vegetable scraps and food waste) into dark brown crumbly soil smells like forest.
Composting teaches children how the environment works, nature’s way of recycling and the life cycle. To raise children’s awareness of the environment by introduce them to the basic principles of taking responsibility for the waste they generate through composting.
Composting helps children to understand the three environmental r’s recycle, reuse and reduce. Children learn the difference between biodegradable products and what ends up in a landfill.
Composting with children teaches them that organic wastes are potential resources that can be converted into soil rather than just something “gross” that we throw away. Children learn through direct experience that they can make a difference and that their actions can have a positive effect on the environment.
Composting with children is a hands-on science experience and also an introduction into the world of science especially biology, chemistry and physics.
Talk to children about what happens to the waste. Where do they think waste go? We put the waste in a bin. Wheredoes the waste go after the bin is emptied? What happens then? Waste that we throw away is taken to a “big rubbish dump” which is calledlandfill. What will happen to the waste then? Some waste willdecompose and disappear. This is biodegradable waste. Other rubbish doesn’t decompose which means it stays at a landfill forever. This is non-biodegradable waste.