Conserve: Reduce

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greensteps-reduce TAP AND STACK Schools across the state are greatly reducing their lunch waste by asking students and staff members to “tap” all food off of their Styrofoam trays and then “stacking” the used trays in a neat pile. The trays still go in the garbage, but stacked trays take up a fraction of the space required by trays thrown helter-skelter into trash bags. Schools pay for trash based on volume – not weight! Many of these same schools have now reverted to washable trays and have cut out most of their Styrofoam waste.

The EPA’s Waste-Free Lunch program shows how to reduce, reuse and recycle your way to a waste-free lunch. The poster includes step-by-step instructions on how to hold a waste-free lunch and the benefits of packing waste-free. The Waste-Free Lunch program is part of EPA’s Make a Difference campaign which aims to educate and encourage middle school students to conserve natural resources by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste. For more information on waste-free lunches, including a letter to send home to parents, packing tips, and printable activities, click here.


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