GENERAL CONGREGATION XIX AND LAUDATO SI' AT THE HANDMAIDS' IN WYNCOTE, PA, USA
Heeding the universal outcry for earth repair and conservation, the Wyncote, PA, USA Handmaids, in community and through their school, Ancillae-Assumpta Academy have hired consultants and a food waste recycling company in order to compost.
Mary Ann Boyer and Ann Suddoth of Boyer Suddoth Environmental Consultants (left and center with Ancillae science teacher Kathy Grim) became the school choice for individual and institutional education and action around food and food-related products use, waste reduction, and conservation.The program began with faculty/staff research and learnings over several years of actions of behalf on the planet. Now it is time for systemic cooperation on a larger scale.
With six hundred children, the school needed to invest not only in the glasses and new food trays, but also in the new shape electric dish washer trays to hold the glasses and other new kitchen essentials for the program. A group of girls holds up a toast to their new washable glasses and the program which has replaced throw-aways. The children quickly learned the ins and outs of depositing their trash, non-compostable and compostable, in various bins and happily "police" each other in this new phase of "care for our common home".
The Ancillae school children harvest the vegetables and greens that they themselves have been growing, and these show up freshly prepared in the cafeteria serving line.
Organic Diversion, the recycling facility, is preparing to accept 60,000 tons annually of organic material (source-separated food waste, yard waste, and brush) for processing into renewable energy and compost. Part of our students' and families' education will be to calculate how much of this waste the Handmaids' and our school generate, as well as how much we can save the earth by composting
The facility will generate approximately two megawatts of renewable energy and 60,000 cubic yards of high-quality compost and will operate during normal business hours five and a half days per week. The company was founded less than two years ago and is the first waste-to-energy facility in the USA. (Several have been operating in Europe for a decade.) The company is providing containers and takes away all of the organic waste accumulated in the Handmaid community and in the school each week.
The fact is that because of the damaged end-stage to which we have let our earth come, it is now expensive to be eco-friendly. Yet there is no other responsible choice.
Kathleenjoy Cooper, acj