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More Schools Reduce Waste at Lunchtime

Five Long Beach Unified School District schools have received a coveted spot to compete in Grades of Green’s 7th Annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge.

The competition kicked off Oct. 10 and is a yearlong contest among 22 selected Southern California schools to see which ones best reduce lunchtime waste and instill environmentally friendly habits in the school community.

Local schools participating include Keller, Lincoln, Prisk, Robinson and Whittier.

Students from participating schools will learn how to decrease waste by packing trash-free lunches (including reusable lunch containers, water bottles and utensils, and cloth napkins).  All students, including those who buy lunch, will also learn how to sort lunchtime waste to be donated, composted and recycled.

Through a combination of sorting waste and bringing reusable lunch containers, TFLC schools reduce an average of 70 percent of lunchtime waste.  Winning schools reduce more than 92 percent of trash.  In total, 117 schools have diverted 2,300 tons of waste from the landfill since the challenge began seven years ago.

Earlier this year, Lindbergh STEM Academy earned a top regional prize and $1,000 as part of the contest.  Franklin and Burcham schools have been recognized on the Grades of Green Honor Roll.

Learn more at gradesofgreen.org.