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A Guide to School Composting

Updated: Feb 3, 2022

Our new Compost Guide is here to help schools go green!

We've collaborated with Subpod to make composting a part of everyday life, and who better to lead the charge than the future generation?

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Kids love composting

Composting is an excellent way to teach students about life cycles: life, death, decay, and re-birth. When we teach composting we are teaching how nature recycles everything and turns 'waste' into a valuable resource.

Composting is a wonderful teaching tool - you can introduce concepts such as the importance of death and decomposition, soil & plant ecology, recycling, resource management, the difference between biodegradable and non-biodegradable items and doing something good for the planet - and ourselves!

Outdoor classrooms enable students to get in touch with the natural elements, hold worms, think what they’ve eaten for lunch and where it came from, plant seeds and learn how things grow.

Share and teach students valuable life skills and learn how to work together as a team on projects that have the potential to span generations of students and teachers and learn about the importance of respecting our environment and planet.

We encourage schools to have the students involved from the get go - give them the opportunity to learn about project development and management, team building, research where and when they will set their gardens up, what can they grow, what time of year it is, where will we source our supplies from, who will help build the garden beds and plant the Subpods, who will create a roster for feeding, record the amount of waste and CO2 being diverted, etc. Lots to think, talk and plan that also gives them some physical and mental exercise that is a positive and fun thing to do.

A school with 300 pupils can create 34kg of waste a week – just from classroom snack breaks. That’s not including recess or lunch! Compost your students food waste and help cut climate change from the curriculum.

The average person spends 15% of their life in school, from kindergarten to their final high school year. Bringing composting and gardening to schools is a wonderful way to plant sustainable habits in young students, educate them on the food life cycle and get them moving in increasingly tech-based classrooms.

Launch SubPod in your School!

Join our Free Teachers Portal to download a 66-page Compost and Garden Lesson Guide for Educators, perfect for teachers and coordinators who want to end food waste from their classroom, but there’s heaps of useful information inside for parents too. If you know a teacher or parent who’d be interested, download a copy for them and send it as a gift!

Visit to purchase your 3-in-1 Composting Worm Farm now.

1 Comment

Hill Stone
Hill Stone
Sep 01, 2023

As a dedicated advocate for sustainable practices, I believe school composting is a fantastic way to educate students about environmental responsibility. It's essential to engage them in hands-on experiences. When it comes to academic challenges, resources like can be invaluable, aiding students in overcoming obstacles and excelling in their studies. Let's nurture eco-conscious students while ensuring they have the support they need to thrive academically.

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