Outdoor Activity Center Offers Community Composting Program

Atlanta - Providing programs on waste management alternatives is one of the ways that the Outdoor Activity Center (OAC) is helping to educate residents of the City of Atlanta. The OAC now offers a self-taught visual program that advocates composting as an alternative waste management tool and as a soil conservation technique.

The composting program features several variations of compost bins. Each bin is designed to teach people about the various kinds of composting such as vermi-, garden- and leaf-composting. The program also gives tips on different home composting methods and a composting manual for school teachers. The program was partially funded by a $500 donation from Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI), Houston.

"Being environmentally sensitive, we are proud to support the efforts of the OAC. Ed-ucating our communities is essential if we are to preserve our natural habitats," said John Teasley, vice president of BFI.

The OAC, a non-profit organization, also is a nature preserve, environmental education facility, arboretum and natural science museum. This 26-acre center provides environmental education programs for 10,000 to 12,000 students each year. These programs include the Junior Na-turalist program, an environmental club, group tours, teacher workshops and museum exhibits.