montgomery schools ending the era of the foam lunch tray
Louis Pozo\'s lunch tray has a notebook size, a thin cardboard rectangle, and he used to deliver noon meals at the buffet of Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring. The eighth- The flatbed machine is filled with chocolate milk, potato rings, hamburgers and fruit cups. When he finished, he piled the tray up on a pile of bigger and bigger things. \"They can be recycled,\" said Louis . \". \"If we don\'t recycle, we will destroy our planet. \"In Montgomery County, this is a sign of the times, and since the largest school system in Maryland has left a long-term polystyrene lunch tray for greener alternatives, nearly 15 million school meals will be served each year. Starting in the fall, Montgomery is expected to store recyclable pallets in the lunch series from Clarksburg to Silver Springs. The change is due to the fact that schools in the region and across the country are committed to green but will not overspend. Four years ago, Arlington replaced foam trays with cardboard, six city school systems, including New York and Chicago, and teamed up to take advantage of their purchasing power, get better prices on greener pallets and healthier food. \"We are now seeing a revolution in the cafeteria across the country, giving up polystyrene and moving towards compost trays,\" said Mark izerman, a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Conservation Commission . \". For Montgomery, he said, \"It\'s a great move from an environmental and public health perspective. For many areas, one of the biggest obstacles to the abandonment of polystyrene ( Which one does many trademarks \"foam plastic\" refer)has been price. \"The traditional view is that they are too cheap to change,\" said Eric Goldstein, chief executive of school support services at New York City\'s Education Department. There is one in New York alone. He said 1 million students, many of whom used foam trays to \"go straight into the landfill \". 2014- Goldstein said that New York and its five partner districts -- City School Food Alliance- Move from polystyrene to a compostable circular plate with compartments. \"We are very excited about it,\" he said . \" \"We have heard from other regions that want to replicate US. \"In Montgomery, Marra Kaplan, director of food and nutrition services, said that polystyrene dates back to 1970, and she received a price of up to 28 cents, nearly 10 times, for cardboard pallets. But she said the gap has begun to narrow in recent years, with the region working with a manufacturer to develop new products. New tray 4 for critical intermediate costs. Every 3 cents, that means about $140,000 a year. \"It\'s close enough to where we can stretch,\" she said . \". The bidding process is underway next year. At Key Middle, the cardboard tray has been on trial since the end of April and is welcome. The focus is on a national green ribbon school of 2012, which has a strong environmental focus. During the most recent lunch time, the students filled the tray with French bread pizza, grilled cheese spoon, yogurt, hamburgers and chicken pie sandwiches. Some students say the cardboard can shake, so sometimes an apple or milk can roll off the tray. Some people talk about environmental advantages. \"Although this is a small step, I think it may spread to other schools and do something for our environment,\" said 13-year-old Yemi Djayeola . \". For students at the Piney Branch Primary School Youth Activist Club, the foam tray has always been a warm focus and they have launched a campaign to raise $10,000 to bring reusable use to their schools The 13-year-old Margo Bloch, who is now in middle school and still a member of the club, called cardboard trays a major improvement. \"Moving from polystyrene to paper trays is a very good step, but we still want to see our dishwasher pilot successful,\" Margot said . \". Montgomery\'s polystyrene tray was not thrown into the landfill, nor was it completely wasted, Caplon said. She said they were burned in a process of generating energy. They will be recycled unless the cardboard tray is full of food; They can also compromise. In the school system in the Washington area, not everyone takes the same approach. In D. C. In public schools, all disposable items must be reusable, recyclable, made of recycled materials or easily recycled. School spokesman John Torre said the polystyrene lunch trays were taken to a factory in Luton in the County of ferfax, where they were processed into electricity. In contrast, Prince William County cleans reusable plastic pallets, while Louden County relies on foam trays, which officials say are friendly to the environment. Lunch trays in Prince George County are non-recyclable but biodegradable, so they break down in landfill sites, officials said.