Ancona has been teaching students to compost for two decades. We accept compostable goods from the school building, from students’ homes, and from the school’s immediate neighbors. In a given year, we divert 2,000-3,000 gallons of organic waste from landfills.

Now that it’s fall, please consider bringing in bags of leaves from your yard. Leaf mulch is a terrific soil conditioner.

If you’d like to participate, here’s a list of what we accept. And here’s an Edutopia blog about how composting fits into our curriculum.

What we compost 

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Tea and paper tea bags 
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings from unsprayed lawns
  • Used paper towels and kleenexes (as long they’re not greasy or doused in cleaning spray)
  • Shredded office paper (white paper only)
  • Cut flowers and potted plants 
  • Paperboard takeout containers (rinsed)
  • Brewing mash
  • Bread 
  • Nut hulls
  • Egg shells
  • Oyster and mussel shells
  • Pet waste from rabbits

What we do not compost

  • Seafood and meats
  • Dairy
  • Hair
  • Pet waste from dogs, cats, reptiles
  • Sawdust
  • Plastic tea bags
  • Pulled weeds or diseased plants
  • Pencil shavings–never, ever, ever!
  • Dental floss
  • Disposable cleaning wipes (they’re made of plastic)

Compostable goods can be left in the buckets outside the Kenwood garden gate or at the gate from the playground to the alley.