A new routine in cafeterias for school recycling makes a difference at local landfills.
At Visalia schools, students separate their lunch wast into trash, recycling, and green waste which includes leftover food and paper plates and cups.
Discarded food and paper products no longer end up in landfills. They go into bins that end up at green waste recycling centers. Reducing the tonnage in landfills is the goal, and the city has partnered with the school district to separate recyclables. Large blue recycling containers were added to each classroom in addition to the small trash cans.
The school also changed some of their cafeteria materials. For example, instead of using foam trays, the school district switched to more expensive recyclable paper trays that can be turned into compost.
Recycling saves money. In 2014 the school saved the district more than $100,000 due to the new composting procedures.