(The following is from a press release)
The Las Virgenes Unified School District have announced the accomplishments achieved during the first ever Waste-Free Lunch Week held at all of the school sites during the week of April 18th. During that time, the District was able to divert 1,180 pounds of food waste and achieved a 30 percent overall reduction in waste.
The goal of the Waste-Free Lunch Week was to educate students, staff and families about the importance of reducing the overall amount of waste that schools produce. During lunch, parent volunteers and staff were on hand to guide students to use the compostable bins for food waste, recycling bins for materials that can be recycled, liquid cans for beverages and waste bins for anything else. Among the results, one school site reported an incredible reduction in waste produced from four bins daily to just half a bin daily.
Waste Management, the District’s waste hauler and an active partner in the District’s Environmental Stewardship Committee, provided invaluable guidance and free compostable bins to all of the school sites. Additionally, staff from Waste Management provided expert assistance when they volunteered at Sumac Elementary School. Compostable food waste collected during the week was delivered to Agromin in Oxnard, CA (a pioneer in biodegradable management).
School Board Members, Angela Cutbill and Lesli Stein got in on the action, too, and volunteered during lunch to help guide students on the process. The District will institute a long-term pilot program at three school sites during the 2016-2017 school year with the goal of reducing the amount of overall waste produced. Parents and staff who are interested in learning more about the District’s green initiatives are encouraged to become a part of their school site’s green team.