Local schools diverting 50% of waste for composting
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Local Schools Diverting more than 50% of waste in Food to Flowers! Program
Bellingham, WA. – (April 19, 2006) In just three months, students and staff from 11 of the Bellingham School District’s 13 elementary schools have recycled an estimated 33,000 pounds of food scraps, milk cartons, napkins and other food-soiled paper products in SSC’s Food to Flowers! Lunchroom Composting program. The program began as a month-long pilot in three elementary schools last January. In March, the school district gave the go-ahead to implement the program district-wide. Each school day over 1,200 pounds are diverted to composting throughout the district.
“Response to Food to Flowers! has been overwhelmingly positive,” said SSC owner Paul Razore. “On average, schools are diverting 50% of their waste stream to composting,” said Razore. Rodd Pemble, SSC Recycling Manager said the program should generate thousands of dollars in savings annually for the school district. “The kids are doing a great job sorting their food scraps, milk cartons and other compostable materials, and the support from school staff and the district has been fantastic,” Pemble said. SSC hopes to roll out the program to middle schools next fall, as 5th graders familiar with the program move on to 6th grade.
Nearly 4,500 students and staff are currently participating in the Food to Flowers! Program. School custodians are also beginning to recycle school grounds debris like grass clippings, leaves and branches. Materials collected are hauled to Green Earth Technologies in Lynden for composting. For more information about Food to Flowers!, contact Rodd Pemble, SSC Recycling Manager at (360) 734-3490 or Brett Greenwood, Bellingham School District Food Service Manager, at (360) 676-6574.
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