schools say ciao to plastic lunch trays, hello to compostable plates
Six of the country\'s largest school districts have joined forces to transform school lunches -- They started on the plate. School administrators in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami- In 2012, the City School Food Alliance was established in Dade, Dallas and Orlando. At May, they announced they were throwing away the polystyrene lunch plates and replacing them with a compostable lunch tray. This is an important initiative because schools in the alliance provide services. 5 million meals a day Eric Goldstein, who hosts the alliance, says the new lunch plate is easier for kids to pick up, with side dishes and milk in the compartment. \"They are round and different from the very regular rectangular trays we had before,\" he said . \". But the most revolutionary thing about these new plates is what they are made. Polystyrene used in traditional lunch trays is oil Plastic that will not break down for hundreds of years. When the tray is finally stacked 0. 225 billion do this every year. According to the group, they discharge pollutants into water and air. In contrast, the new plates are made of recycled newsprint and can be broken down within a few weeks in a commercial compost facility. They are also just a little bit more expensive at $0. $049 per person compared to the US dollar. 04 plastic pallets each. While compostable plates will obviously help children understand the renewable resources, Goldstein said he hopes the plates will also be a way for schools to put pressure on cities, forcing them to fund and develop better The problem is that not all cities in the league can compost on the new plates of the school. There are municipal compost in Los Angeles and New York, but the other four cities lack plants that turn organic waste into soil. None of them have a biodiversity that converts compost waste into natural gas that can be used as fuel. \"So far, most of the food waste from these schools has ended up in landfill,\" said Mark izerman, a senior lawyer at the Natural Resources Conservation Commission, advocacy groups that provide advice for the alliance\'s initiatives. Izeman said that there is a pilot composting project in New York, \"ahead of other cities in terms of composting \". This means that new paper trays of 860,000 meals a day for public schools in New York City will be posted. The Miami- On the other hand, the Dade school district is still working on how to deal with all the compost waste it causes. Izeman says there is no contract for compost picking in this area right now Although the region is developing, Indoor compost laboratory connected to organic gardens in certain schools. Public schools in Chicago have received funding to pilot composting projects in five schools. \"In order to establish a long-term The compost capacity of these cities and other cities, we need a steady stream of materials to re- Izeman said: \"used and composted. Ron Gonen said that before they develop composting and biological digestion facilities, companies that want to enter the industry need to be confident that they can get a steady stream of uncontaminated compost, the former deputy commissioner for recycling and sustainable development in New York, and non Help municipalities fund profit closed-loop funds for recycling and composting projects. \"If compostable garbage is contaminated with plastic or something else, the facility will have to spend money to clean up the garbage and they will have to spend money to put things that they can\'t compostable into a landfill, Gohn said. By providing food on compostable plates, these school districts make it easy for children to throw away garbage. \"Everything can be put in a trash can and the pollution is very small,\" Gonen said . \". When the compost is finished, it can save a lot of money for the city. The average price of garbage per ton is between US $50 and US $100. At the same time, compost averaged about $20 per ton. Transportation costs also need to be considered -- Landfill sites are usually located far away from cities and residential areas. In New York, for example, the city has to send most of its waste all the way to a landfill in Pennsylvania. The composting facility on Staten Island is closer, where the compost produced can be sold to farmers and gardeners. \"Natural gas produced by anaerobic bacteria can be recycled to help power the grid,\" Gonen said . \". The City School Food Alliance has also begun a transition to compost tableware. \"I think this will have a significant positive impact,\" Gonen said . \". \"I think it will really encourage the development of more composting and biodigestion facilities.