Every fall the city of Belfast sucks up leaves from piles in the city and disposes of them. As students of the Ecology Academy we feel this is a huge waste of valuable organic matter. We therefore teamed up Bob Richards, the head of Belfast Public Works, to have leaves dropped off directly at the middle school. The leaves serve many uses: mulch for the summer garden, tilled in early spring they are great organic fertilizer and carbon for the compost bins and worm bins. As you can see from the photo we have collected enough so local residents can come and load up leaves for their gardens. The nutrient value of leaves is well-known (Plant_Nutrients_in_Municipal_Leaves.). Between the school and local residents we hope not a single leaf will go to waste in Belfast!