Grupo de Trabalho de Resíduos Sólidos - GTRS
Conselho da APA Federal da Serra da Mantiqueira - CONAPAM
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 Introducing decentralized composting in Delfim Moreira, MG
First composters' use evaluation and a visit to the local State High School

On July 6, 2016 a visit to the pilot neighborhood Vila Rica was performed to verify the use of composters distributed in the previous visitation, on June 2nd, according to the project in Delfim Moreira municipaliy, in partnership with the Working Group on Solid Waste of CONAPAM. The team was composed by Juliane Coura, Municipal Secretary of Agriculture and Environment, Maira Maia, environmental analyst with the APA of Mantiqueira team, and Luis Armondi and Joaquim Moura, GTRS volunteers.

Regarding the eight composters distributed in June, six were being used and two were collected back for disuse and delivered to other
more interested residents of the neighborhood.
The other five composters delivered last month are in use in houses outside the pilot neighborhood, and were not visited this time.
On this visit we delivered three new composters - including to a restaurant (a big generator), completing 17 artifacts installed in Delfim Moreira.

Overall, the domestic composters receive little organic waste, certainly because most families consume few fruits and vegetables, consuming more rice and beans, bread and pasta, biscuits and stuffed products as sausages.
It was observed, for example, a mother eating lunching with her daughter only instant noodles with sausage.
Composting is only the basis for the practice of urban gardening and for improvements in nutrition and health.

Below, a small plaque to identify where composting is done was posted in the practitioners' houses as a means to spread the practice in the community.

Visit to the Municipal Elementary School Filomena Peixoto Faria
A composter was installed in this school after a workshop held on 03.22.2016 and is being used - perhaps - in an unsystematic way.
We have not had the desired interaction with the students and the teacher of environmental education to better harness the pedagogical potential of  composting.
In August (after school holidays) we will return to start a process to engage the students, faculty, staff and their families in the process of increasing the local and future sustainability.

Above right, where the composter is installed must be the School's "best cared" place, to maintain healthy environmental conditions and make clear that the practice of composting is not something dirty or lower. So, whenever we go to this School, we take the opportunity to collect all the little waste that "appear" on the floor of the area. The organic residues go to the composter, and others go to a bucket and then into the garbage truck.
By doing so, we encourage the employee who takes care of the vegetable garden and compost to perceive the importance of good finishing to value his work and make his everyday life more pleasant.
Below, organic waste still uncovered inside the composter - which should never happen. It is important to cover the residues when they just arrive.

Visit to the State High School Marques de Sapucai
The involvement of the young students is essential to carry out the various projects needed to increase the city's sustainability and ensure them better living conditions in the future.
To this end, we had a meeting with Stela Mara, the School's principal, and scheduled a meeting in August, to begin a partnership to carry out activities with students that include composting, environmental and ethics
education combined with leadership and entrepreneurship development, foreseeing income generation projects from initiatives linked to "green economy".
Below, the inner courtyard view of the School and the green area suggested by Prof. Stela Mara, as the most suitable for composting, located between the kitchen and the vegetable garden.