Worms, mulch, soil, food scraps, decomposition. To Stefan Klakovich, CHS environmental science teacher, composting is a way of life.
Composting, or the decomposition of organic materials, isn’t a new concept to Carrboro. Many middle and elementary schools in the district already have composting systems set in place during lunch, with parent volunteers organizing it.
“Why can’t we compost at Carrboro? We should be experimenting with composting at this school. Composting is an underutilized solution, and it solves so many problems,” said Klakovich.
According to Klakovich, who is an avid composter both in the classroom and at home, Carrboro High is not putting enough emphasis on composting. He believes that teaching people about composting is a crucial step to reducing the waste CHS sends to the landfill.
“Here, there is no excuse not to do it. It’s the future. We want to get to zero waste, and composting brings us half the way there,” said Klakovich.
A CHS student last year, after completing an informal study of the waste in the bathrooms, found that the majority of it consisted of compostable paper towels.
This year, students like junior Eva Nobel have taken steps to make composting more of a priority.
“I hope that more people understand the benefits of compost and the importance of it. If everyone really composted then
we could really reduce waste. It’s not just composting either, but sustainability in general,” said Nobel.
Recently, Nobel created the composting club at Carrboro. She runs it with fellow junior Lyra Hitchcock-Davis, and has big plans for the upcoming year.
“We just started and we’re trying to improve the composting system at school. We’re planning on composting the paper towels in the bathroom and mixing them with yard trimmings so they decompose properly. We’re also going to work with other schools to exchange programs,” said Nobel.
Both Klakovich and Nobel are determined to make a difference at CHS, through composting or other green measures.
“We have to try and make it a sense of pride,” said Klakovich. “CHS should stand for Compost, Honor and Support.”
Photo by Levi Hencke