Recycling & Composting in Lunchrooms: What-Goes-Where

Music Today we are going to be talking about
recycling and composting at school. Here in Seattle recyclable materials have
been banned from the garbage since 2005 and compostable materials have been banned
from the garbage sense 2015 So It’s the law to recycle and compost it’s also
better for the environment and saves us money. It takes a lot of energy and
resources to get food to your plate It’s important to eat it! It’s fuel for your
body and your brain. After you’ve eaten all you can it’s time to take a look at
what needs to be disposed of. Do a quick sort of the items on your trade before
you get up so that you can be ready when you arrive at the waste station. Group
all the recycling together and all the compost together and all of the garbage
together if you have uneaten food you can save it for later. And you can put your
reusable items right into your bag. Liquids like milk and juice will be emptied
into the liquids bucket. Recyclable items like the milk and juice cartons, clean
plastic juice cups, plastic bottles, cans empty coffee cups and lids, and clean
paper will go into the blue recycling container. Compostable items like food, food soiled paper, paper boats coated with a compostable lining and wax paper will go
into the green compost container. You can even put meat, cheese, bones and untreated wood like – corn dog sticks into the compost container. Garbage like plastic wrappers,
plastic juice pouches, straws and plastic forks and spoons will go into the grey
garbage container. Some things can go into multiple containers depending on how clean air clean paper bags can be taken home to
use again or go into the recycling container but if they have food on them
they should go into the compost instead. Uncoated paper plates that are clean can
go into the recycling container, but if you have food on them they go into the
compost. If you think it’ll be too confusing to have two places for these
to go but it’s ok to put all your paper bags and uncoated paper plates right
into the compost. Plastic coated paper plates can be put into the recycling if their clean, but if they have lots of food residue on them then they go into
the garbage. They go into the garbage not the compost because they have a plastic coating and plastic does not belong in the compost since it doesn’t decompose. If you are having a party? Use plates and forks that are compostable or better yet choose food that doesn’t require plates and forks in the first place. [cheers] Plastic food bags that are clean can be
taken home and used again if they’re dirty then they go into the garbage
container. Yogurt and putting containers – if you scrape out the rest of the food with your spoon it’s considered “spoon”clean and can be put into the blue recycling
container. This small amount of food left in the container does contaminate the
recycling a little bit, so the best thing to do is to take your napkin and white
powder container then you can put your clean your container into the blue recycling and your napkin into the green compost. [cheers] The same is true for plastic
clamshell containers if they are clean then they can be recycled, but if they’re
dirty, then they are garbage. Things like napkins paper towels always go into the
compost container this is because they’re hard to recycle into new paper
products. Sometimes Items accidentally get into the wrong container. If that
happens just pull it out and put it into the correct container. Don’t worry too
much about a little bit of contamination in your containers. Just do your best to
get things into the right one. If a fork or a straw ends up in the compost
recycling by accident you can’t get it out then it’s ok to
leave it then stack your trays. The paper trays will
be put into the compost dumpster outside durable trays will go back into
the kitchen to be washed and used again. There are a lot of simple things you can
do to minimize the amount of waste reduce reuse recycle and compost. For
more information about what goes where go to the resource conservation page on
Seattle Public Schools website. Together we can leave a greener world for our students

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