Food Scrap Friday happens every Friday during school term. If you want to bring us your scraps, head to the Paddock (on Wells st, Newtown) between 8:30-9:00 on a Friday morning and our volunteers will direct you.
Updates go out over social media
For families at Camdenville Public School, Food Scrap Friday is a way to recycle food waste into soil-enriching compost. They simply bring their kitchen scraps to the Paddock on Friday mornings, where volunteers direct them. Each week over 50 families are contributing which diverts on average between 100kg-200kg of food waste from landfill. Food Scrap Friday began in October 2016, and as of December 2020 we have collected and composted over 21,920.7kg of kitchen waste - enriching our gardens, keeping food out of landfill, and preventing an estimated 32 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
For families who want to compost but are unable to do so at home, we provide a simple and convenient way, by dropping off food scraps at the school gate once a week.
As well as reducing the amount of compostable waste in landfill, we are enriching our garden soil and closing the loop of food production / consumption / disposal.
We no longer buy soil or compost at Camdenville, and despite the recent drought, our soil is in the best condition it has been in in years.
We now have a great way to compost the waste we produce at the paddock (e.g. chook litter).
Weighing and Measuring
We recognise the importance of measuring, recording and reporting the difference we're making. Each week we count the number of families contributing as well as the total amount collected - which enables us to track our progress over time. We've learned that the average school family is producing 3.8kg of compostable food waste each week.
We post photos and the latest statistics on Facebook and Instagram #FoodScrapFriday, and we frequently post updates in the school newsletter.
A Model for School / Garden Partnerships
After three years, Food Scrap Friday has developed into a model that could be adopted by school / community garden partnerships elsewhere.
It's a simple, volunteer-based project that is creating new connections between our school and community garden, and generating multiple benefits for both.