Maryland Expands School Food Scrap ProgramMaryland Expands School Food Scrap Program
February 23, 2015
When they're done eating lunch, kindergarteners at Pointers Run Elementary School in Clarksville sort their waste into not one, not two, but three different bins.
Like most schools, they've got gray bins for trash and blue bins for recycling. But the third type of bin is unique to their elementary school.
After disposing of trash and recycling, Pointers Run students drop food scraps into a bright yellow receptacle. The unwanted leftovers are then transported to Howard County's Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville for composting.
Now, the elementary schoolers will be able to teach the older kids a thing or two. On Monday, County Executive Allan Kittleman announced the food scrap program -- the first of its kind in the county -- is expanding across the street, to Clarksville Middle School.