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Veteran Reporter Sean Adams came to Hommocks Middle School to interview Dr. Robert Shaps, Superintendent of Schools in Larchmont and Mamaroneck about the newly placed Rocket Composter. We Future Cycle Executive Director Anna Giordano explained that the benefits of the Rocket go beyond the 55% of food waste composted on site, as the program also allowed to sort other recyclable items out of the waste stream, bringing the school to a whopping 86% reduction in waste.
Stories From Main Street: Students Learn Valuable Lessons About Environment In Mamaroneck
On December 9th, 2014 representatives of the Village of Mamaroneck, Village of Larchmont and Town of Mamaroneck were listening to a very informative and well structured presentation by the Columbia University Masters in Sustainability Capstone Program. The kick off was a presentation by Mitch Green, Town Liaison, explaining how this presentation came about and thanking the Capstone team for choosing Larchmont/Mamaroneck as their project.
The team then laid out the “have and have nots” of the towns, slides showed the percentages of yard waste, curb side recyclables recovered, as well as total garbage collected. The towns are already exceptionally well positioned with a 63% recycling rate, which is the combination of yard waste and curbside recycling. The goal however is getting to 90%. The team showed several areas of opportunity, which are comprised of textile recycling, food waste composting, “Pay-as-you-throw” and getting the schools involved.
The team outlined that schools and the children within them are the key to changed behavior and their recommendation is to get the We Future Cycle Program into the schools to start that process. Parents learn from their children, as much as the other way around.
The 100+ page report will be posted as soon as it becomes available.