Tehama County
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TEHAMA COUNTY SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AGENCY – Agency Manager Rachel Ross

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Department:Landfill - BOSSponsors:
Category:Informational Presentation

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a)              INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION - Regarding the 2017/2018 school year cafeteria waste reduction pilot program at Evergreen Elementary School

BACKGROUND INFO

Recognizing the opportunity to both conserve valuable resources and instill waste reduction habits in their students, Evergreen Elementary School partnered with the Agency at the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year to implement a pilot cafeteria waste reduction program, focusing primarily on students in the third and fourth grades. The program encompassed both edible food recovery and recyclable solid waste landfill diversion.

 

Once finished eating lunch, students self-sort their lunch waste by first pouring out any liquids, and then segregating the compostable, recyclable and landfill remaining items. When available, the Evergreen Middle School Ecology Club transports the compostable material to its compost bins.

 

In addition to sorting the recyclable material from the landfill waste, the students have implemented a food recovery and share program, where students can share undesired food with other students rather than throwing it away. The most common shared food items are fruit and milk.  Student volunteer “Recycling Rangers” monitor the compost, recycling and landfill bins for contamination during their lunch.

 

Over the course of the school year, the program has found to be successful.  From January 8 - February 2, 2018, a total of 345.8 pounds of discards were measured during the third and fourth grade lunch. Of that waste, 75.6% was compostable, 12.5% was recyclable, and 11.9% was landfilled. The food share program has been equally successful. As the students have adapted to the program, less student oversight has been needed and overall landfill waste has been reduced. Additionally, students and faculty alike have recognized the types of waste being sent to the landfill (mostly packaging), thus encouraging behavior change.

 

Given the success of the program at Evergreen Elementary School, the Agency will be approaching other schools over the next school years to encourage future partnerships to implement similar programs.

Meeting History

May 22, 2018 8:30 AM Audio Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting
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