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School Composting

Metro Beautification & Environment Commission supports Metro Nashville Davidson County area school composting efforts with education programs and backyard compost bin program. Composting is a fascinating way to observe the process of decomposition first hand. Students are able to observe their food and yard waste as it is processed by nature's recycling crew: worms, Roly poly bugs, and other tiny decomposers.

Interested in composting at your school? Apply online for a compost bin.

Earth machine composterHow can my school participate?

Compost Bins for science education and school gardens

  • WHAT: Davidson County public and private schools may apply for a compost bin. The Earth Machine compost bin comes with instructions. The bin is open to the ground to allow worms and other decomposers to enter the bin and decompose yard and food waste and has a screw-on, tight fitting lid.
  • HOW: Your class can compost just leaves and garden clippings, and they can add the fruit and vegetable remains from their lunches and watch it all change into mulch over a period of time.
  • WHY: Students will have a first hand view of decomposition at work and will learn about this natural form of waste disposal and reclining.