Hommocks Middle School is the first public school in New York to launch a Rocket Composter, which will remove food waste from the waste stream and reduce trucking and disposal costs to the Peekskill facility that burns Westchester’s garbage.
At the same time, the Rocket Composter – made possible by a grant from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation — will produce compost that the school will use in its garden and greenhouse and make available to community members for use on their lawns and other green areas.
The Rocket officially “launches” Monday.
The Rocket is one component of a larger community-wide sustainability initiative. Already, since Hommocks began using the Rocket just over two weeks ago, custodians have filled the Rocket with approximately 800 lbs. of food waste; that’s about an 86% reduction in trash, while feeding valuable resources into recycling and educating our students at the same time.