Turning food waste into flowers

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 June, 2011, 12:00am


A group of third graders from International Christian School (ICS) has worked together to 'Turn Food Waste Into Food'.

Their project was submitted to the Li Ka Shing Foundation's HK$300 million charity campaign 'Love HK Your Way: Love Ideas Love HK'. The campaign encourages Hong Kong citizens to be more aware of community issues and make changes for the better.

Shawn Bensey, an environmental activist, is the teacher who put the project together with the children in ICS. The school is one of many that have submitted projects for a chance to win grants to fund their ideas.

But here's the catch: the Hong Kong community is the judge who gets to choose the winner.

'I would like the school to become the first institution of any kind in Hong Kong to recycle 100 per cent of its cafeteria food waste,' Bensey said. 'We want to be part of the solution.'

The students tested several ideas for recycling food waste.

'We have done some trials of using a composting machine on a smaller scale which reaped great results,' Bensey said.

'We've turned food waste into compost, then mixed it with soil and used it to grow flowers and vegetables.'

The school will not know the results of the vote until early next month. If the school gets the HK$299,000 fund for the project, it will purchase a large composting machine to turn food into nutritious soil, which can then be used to nurture gardens and beautify the campus.

To promote their project, the teacher and his students have also performed a song called Dirt Made My Lunch, which is available on YouTube.

'This video will help raise awareness of one of Hong Kong's most urgent environmental problems - garbage waste and limited landfills,' Bensey said.

To learn more about the 'Turn Food Waste Into Food' Project, visit loveideas.hk/vote/project_detail.aspx? appid=901672