Reducing

Cafeteria Waste

in Schools

3) Composting

Composting helps reduce the weight of the garbage, and releases less methane into the environment. Brooklyn New School produces about 20 lbs of compost a day. The Earth School produces about 10 lbs a day.

4) Student engagement

Getting students involved in the action is really the key to success! The Earth School has a “Cafeteria Ranger” system to put one whole class in charge of stacking, recycling and cleaning for 4 weeks at a time.

These are the key elements to reduce cafeteria waste

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The Earth School (PS364)

PreK-5 in East Village

Brooklyn New School(PS146)

PreK-5 in Brooklyn

IS52 6th-8th in Inwood

VIDEO “How to Reduce Cafeteria Waste”

A “Cafeteria Ranger” system at The Earth School, a tray-stacking tower at the Brooklyn New School, 8th graders helping 6th graders at IS52...  Get inspired! This video shows the best practices in NYC public schools!  This video was shown in a webinar "Reducing Waste in Schools: Cafeteria Waste Stations," hosted by EPA Region 2 on May 10th, 2012.

One waste station with 2 garbage bins, a table for stacking, a compost bucket, a blue recycling bin and a slop bucket.

One waste station with stacking tower, a few garbage bins, a composting bucket, a slop bucket, a can for juice pouches, a blue recycling bin, and a green bin for paper and cardboard.

One waste station with 4 garbage bins, a table for stacking trays, a slop bucket, a grey bin for milk cartons, and a blue bin for other bottles and cans.

Eco-Model City Yokohama

- How Do They Dump Their Trash?

Documentary about how The City of Yokohama in Japan reduced its waste by 42% in 10 years. Features an elementary school, and how little garbage is left over from lunch.

School Lunch in Japan

- It’s Not Just About Eating!

In Japan, lunch period is considered an educational period, the same as math or science. Improving school lunch is not only about WHAT kids eat, but also HOW kids eat.

I’m a mom, a videographer, and working actively to reduce cafeteria waste in NYC public schools!

I made this site to help you make changes in your school!

SEE WHAT KIDS IN JAPAN ARE DOING TO MAKE CHANGES!

  1. 1)“Flip, Tap & Stack”

Even though we don’t recycle styrofoam trays in NYC, stacking trays dramatically reduces the number of garbage bags we use. With over 700 students, IS52 reduced the number of garbage bags from 30 bags a day to 6 bags a day by stacking trays!

  1. 2)Milk carton recycling

Pouring out the liquid helps reduce the weight of the garbage. The Earth School disposes of 24 lbs of liquid a day. Cartons get recycled into paper towels, tissues and other paper products, so it saves trees!

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