A SCHOOL has been shortlisted in a national composting competition that could see it win £3k in green funding. 

Hightown Primary School in Southampton has been shortlisted for The Modern Milkman's ‘Community Compost’ competition.

It's an initiative aiming to educate children across the UK on why it’s time to toss banana skins on the heap, rather than in the bin. 

The sustainable brand has teamed up with the Circular Economy Network at Manchester Metropolitan University to get kids composting.

Hightown and the other schools shortlisted will be provided with everything they need to start turning their waste into wonder, including their very own compost heap and expert guidance from the Modern Milkman and Manchester Metropolitan University teams on how to use it. 

The class that produces the most waste will be crowned ‘Waste Warriors of 2022’ and rewarded with a whole host of Modern Milkman goodies, as well as £3,000 in green funding to put towards a sustainable initiative that will have an eco-impact on their school. 

Whether it’s an allotment to grow DIY herbs and veg, better recycling facilities or sustainability training.

According to the latest figures from WRAP, UK households produce over six million tonnes of food waste per year. 

Currently, less than 10 per cent of this waste is composted at home, providing ample opportunity to further embrace composting in our daily routine.

Speaking on the new campaign, Simon Mellin, founder and CEO of The Modern Milkman, said: “Although many people are keen to up their eco-credentials, we know it can sometimes be difficult when they don’t know where to start.

“Through our composting campaign, we want to show kids, teachers, and parents just how easy it is to start composting, and the benefits of doing so. 

"We founded Modern Milkman on the basis that being sustainable should be convenient – our main aim is to make it simple for people to help the environment.

“Plenty of young people have been inspired by Greta Thunberg’s efforts when it comes to saving the planet – which is exactly why we want to get them involved in composting. 

"By educating the next generation, we’re helping to protect the future of their planet – after all, it is the only one we’ve got.”