The amount of food waste generated from school lunch rooms is, unfortunately, significant. Uneaten food and discarded food service packaging creates tons of waste that go into the landfill if not otherwise managed. Many school districts are implementing programs to reduce the amount of food related waste their kitchens and school lunchrooms produce. Some school districts have their food scraps collected to be composted rather than taken directly to the landfill. Food scrap composting is an effective method of reducing the amount of food waste that ends up in our landfills.
RecycleMore is currently working with West Contra Costa Unified School District and the local collection company on developing a program that would collect food scraps generated from school lunches for composting. The compost in turn is used to enrich the soil in our gardens and parks. This is an easy example of "closing the loop" while working to preserve our natural environment, and complying with our State mandated solid waste diversion goals.