Do Plants Grow Better With Compost?

As part of our food waste management programme with Endeavour Primary School, the students learnt all about food waste – the types of waste, its impact on Singapore and the environment, as well as how to operate their food waste machine, installed at a corner of their canteen.

Such food waste machines have the ability to convert food waste – both cooked & raw into compost for the greenery around the school compounds or garden. Not only does this help to reduce the overall food wastage for the school, it saves a lot of money as there is no need to purchase fertilizers.

 

The educational portion of the food waste management programme typically consists of a theoretical portion where students will undergo a lecture. At the same time, they are given short activities and educational textbooks!

 

After understanding all about food waste management, we conducted a small experiment with the students on whether plants grow better with compost, or without. The students collected the compost that is produced from the machine.

 

One group is then given a normal potted plant with normal potting soil, while the other group is given another potted plant with potting soil as well as a compost mixture. While to some, the answer is obvious, that the plant with compost will certainly grow better, we want the students to undergo this experiment so that they get to experience it for themselves instead of merely educating them through the lecture.

This experiment also aims to not only educate the students, but also encourage them to recycle as much food waste as they can as the food waste can be used for better things and in return, saving the earth.

Well done green ambassadors! For schools who would like to find out more about our food waste management programme, do drop us an email at [email protected] and we’d be more than happy to answer your queries.