The Adams Elementary School PTA is taking the lead in Wake County on introducing composting and other sustainability issues in the school’s lunch room. The PTA enlisted the expertise of Every Tray Counts (ETC), a non-profit with experience in helping schools roll out school lunch room composting and sustainability programs.
ETC received a grant from Wake County Solid Waste for this program. The program's purpose is to provide proof of concept that food waste diversion and the use of compost-able products is beneficial to the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS).
Every Tray Counts and the Adams PTA, (working collaboratively with WCPSS Child Nutrition Services,
Adams Elementary school administration, staff, and parents) will demonstrate results that include savings in trash volume and weight going to the landfill, reduced waste diversion costs, expanded opportunities in educational curriculum, and student leadership opportunities around waste diversion, composting, and sustainability. The pilot at Adams Elementary School will provide the data set to show what the impact of reducing waste could mean for the entire school district.
Beginning May 23, 2016 and going for one month, through June 20, the partnership introduced composting into the Adams lunchroom and gathering data while educating the students, staff and teacher how to properly place unwanted items into either compost, recycling or landfill/trash.
The grant provides funding for the composting program to continue for approximately one year following month-long pilot. Based on the data collected, the partnership will explore how to make the project self-sustaining in the long term.
Well done Adams - and thanks for sharing!!!