Waste reduction toolkit
Waste reduction means decreasing the amount of materials needed in the first place so that volumes of garbage and recyclable materials are reduced.
The resources below will help your school set up waste reduction and reuse practices.
School wide – reduce waste at the end of the school year
- Organize and hold a Zero Waste locker or cubby clean out, and then a School Swap DayDownload PDF 23 K to facilitate reuse and recycling at the end of the school year.
Lunchroom, kitchen and break room
- Encourage students and staff to bring lunches in durable containers. See waste free lunches external link for tips on waste free lunches
- If your school uses disposable polystyrene lunch traysDownload PDF 48 K, consider using durable or compostable lunch trays.
- Donate unopened, packaged foods and drinks and uneaten whole fruits from the school lunch program. The national Good Samaritan Food Donation Act encourages the donation of food to nonprofit organizations for distribution to needy individuals. See "Food Donation Guidelines Download PDF 45 K and “Food Donations with Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest Download PDF 30 K which includes contact information for these organizations. Read the success storyDownload PDF 31 K about how five school districts donated edible food with the help of King County's Green Schools program.
- Use foam soap and foam soap dispensersDownload PDF 80 K