The Save Organic Scraps Program (SOS) composts food and food-soiled paper scraps from school cafeterias in Clark County, WA. The program began in 2005 with three schools in the Vancouver School District and has since expanded to include all of their schools and schools from Battle Ground, Camas, Evergreen, La Center, Ridgefield, and Washougal School Districts. Over 62,000 students in Clark County participate in this program daily and their efforts have sent more than 5 million pounds of organic matter to compost facilities, rather than the landfill.
The SOS Program is a winning partnership and unique educational opportunity for schools in Clark County. The SOS program is managed by Clark County’s Department of Environmental Services. Clark County works closely with each school district and with Waste Connections, the organics hauler, to provide this program to the schools.
The SOS Program offers free field trips, an assembly program, in classroom presentations, teacher workshops, curriculum resources, and recycling bins to schools in Clark County. Contact us if you would like to learn more about these opportunities.