Olney Friends School is pleased to announce that compostable leaf bags are available free of charge to residents of the Village of Barnesville. The bags are provided through a grant from the JB Green Team.

The bags are made of thick, heavy paper. Residents may pick up a bundle of five bags beginning October 24 at either the Barnesville Water Department at 126 E. Church St. or the Barnesville Police Department at 132 N. Arch St.

The biodegradable bags have a 50-lb. capacity. Leaves, grass clippings, and yard waste may be placed in the 16 x 12 x 35 bags.

The bags are available to residents and businesses within the Village of Barnesville. Once filled with leaves, the bags will be delivered to Olney Friends School, where they will be composted for use on the schools farm.

We want to make it easy for people to gather and dispose of their leaves, we want to reduce plastic in landfills, and we want to make it easier to handle the leaves once they reach the school, said Olney Friends School farm manager Don Guindon, who applied for the grant.

This year marks the fourth autumn that Olney Friends School will compost all the bagged leaves from the Village of Barnesville.

Plastic bags are still an option for all residents, says Guindon. Olney Friends School will still compost all the leaves collected by the Village. Residents are encouraged to try the new bags, he adds.

Persons picking up bags will be asked to register for the bags by signing their name and address. This is to verify that the bags are being used within Barnesville. Bags may be picked up in bundles of five, with one or two bundles per pickup.

When you use up your first bunch of bags, come on back and get another, Guindon says.

Olney Friends School grows much of its own food, harvesting nearly 19,000 pounds of organic produce annually and raising beef cattle, pork, and chicken eggs for use in the kitchen.

Olney Friends School, located in Barnesville, Ohio, enrolls 50-60 boarding and day students in grades 9-12 from around the US and around the world in a college preparatory program in the humanities, arts, and sciences. The curriculum includes opportunities to study and conserve the regions natural resources.