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Program turns school food scraps into compost

This chart, provided by Tri-County Organics, shows how food scraps are converted into fertilizer for gardens.

Uneaten food at Osakis Public Schools isn't just being thrown away to be buried in an landfill.

The food waste is serving a far more useful purpose — it's being turned into compost.

Tri-County Organics, based in St. Cloud, mixes the food scrap with yard debris and then delivers it back to the school.

The school is selling the compost to the public for $2 a bag as a fundraiser for a health and wellness group. The school bagged more than 100 bags of compost.

Those interested in buying the compost may call Angie Baker at the school, 320-859-1193, to arrange for a pick up.

The compost is also used by fifth and sixth grade teachers for vegetable plantings that are sold at the school's annual plant sale.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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