The Save Organic Scraps Program (SOS) works to minimize solid waste generated by schools in Clark County, WA through use of the 4 R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. The program began in 2005 with three schools in the Vancouver School District and has since expanded to include all of their schools and 8 school districts from Battle Ground, Camas, Evergreen, La Center, Ridgefield, and Washougal School Districts. Over 80,000 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 compost hauler, to provide this program to the schools.