HP School lunchroom waste audit

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waste audit 9_13_4On September 24th, 2013, Harrington Park Green Team member Theresa Hazelton, along with some members of the Harrington Park School Green Club, conducted a waste audit/assessment of the trash disposed at all the lunch rotations. Harrington Park School has a lunchroom where students in grades 1 through 8 eat in four 25 min rotations through two school periods. Teaching and support staff do not eat in the lunchroom. The school does not have a cafeteria. waste audit 9_13_3Hot and cold lunches are sold as a fundraiser for the Home and School Association. Individually packaged meals or whole pizza pies are delivered from ten outside vendors, both restaurants and delis.  There were 640 students in school on September 24th: 334 students ordered lunch and the remaining 306 students brought lunch from home.

Recycling Results:

waste audit 9_13_6*FOUR 32 gallon recycling cans were filled with mixed recyclables (Plastic, paper, milk and juice containers, glass and aluminum)

*Compare to 2011 initial waste audit, where *ONE 10 gallon trash can filled with mostly plastic bottles, a few pieces of aluminum and glass; no milk containers or other paper recyclables (Per Waste Management’s procedures- all paper, including dairy and juice containers, are accepted for recycling)

Trash/Garbage Results:waste audit 9_13

*TWO 32 gallon trash cans were produced (mostly food waste and soft plastic) Approximately 28 pounds total waste

*Compare to 2011 initial waste audit, where *Eight bags of trash were produced – the average weight was 10.2 pounds per bag, for a total of 81.6 pounds that day

*Of the waste generated September 24th 2013:

60% food waste including compostable chip bags

25% plastic, aluminum and tin recyclables (mostly food containers from hot lunch)

10% paper and dairy containers (recyclable)

5% actual garbage (mostly plastic wrap and bags)

Compare to 2011 initial waste audit:waste audit 9_13_2

45% paper and dairy containers (recyclable)

25% food waste, including compostable chip bags

20% plastic, aluminum and tin recyclables

10% actual garbage (mostly plastic wrap and bags)

 waste audit 9_13_5

*There has been tremendous improvement in the recycling efforts at the school! Although the percentage of plastic/recyclables present in the waste stream was still 25% on September 24, 2013, please note that the 2011 waste audit was conducted on a day of a pizza lunch, with pizza boxes containing the food; a hot lunch was served which came individually packed in plastic containers. The majority of recyclable materials in the trash in 2011 were plastic water bottles >> and that is no longer the case.  Lunchtime recycling has dramatically increased (four 32 gallon cans worth on Sept 24) and student’s habits and choices for reducing waste have improved.  Additional audits will be conducted in the future with the plan to compare identical lunches.  

Submitted by Green Team member Theresa Hazleton

Let us know what you think! How can HP School continue to improve recycling rates?

 

 

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