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[greenyes] Schools Reduce Waste

Glad to see that the issue of school lunch waste is making headlines:

Schools Work to Reduce Cafeteria Trash
By BEN FELLER, AP Education Writer Thu May 12, 4:40 PM ET

LAUREL, Md. - As students walk by with their lasagna, snacks and fruit, Sally Oswald sees a cafeteria routine that most parents do not. This is no lunch line - it's a trash line.

Students at Hammond Elementary toss away half-eaten apples, untouched sandwiches and portions of pizza slices. That's on top of the packaging, from shiny juice pouches to plastic bags.
Even on Wednesdays, when the school encourages "waste-free" meals, lunchtime yields about 100 pounds of trash. Students weigh the trash to check each grade's progress in reducing waste, but the numbers go up and down like signs of a struggling diet.

"When you think that this happens in every elementary school every day, it starts to speak to you," Oswald said, looking at the weekly trash tallies. "This is a real problem."


Amy Hemmert
Obentec, Inc.


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