Three fifth-graders bound down the back steps of Friends Seminary, a private school on the southern border of Gramercy Park, each hauling a white plastic bucket. Claire Brennan, the school's service coordinator, follows behind them, gripping a metal scale. Their destination is a bicycle-driven cart parked on E. 15th Street that holds two empty rectangular black bins fitted with bright-yellow lids.
Lara Zarum Laura Rosenshine
"That's like, twelve and a half pounds," one boy says after resting his bin on the scale.
"So if the bucket weighs one pound, how much compost is that?" Brennan asks.
"Oh — eleven and a half!"