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Report: U.S. school food waste nears 530K tons annually

December 6, 2019

Districts across the country are seeking ways to eliminate food waste to save both money and the environment. For example, efforts to contain lunch waste at Sheridan Elementary School in Nebraska resulted in 150 pounds of leftover food filling compost bins and only 18 pounds being thrown into the trash during a period of about three weeks.

Those figures mean 90% of the school’s food waste was composted. After a successful pilot program, Lincoln Public Schools used grant funding from the city’s Solid Waste Department to expand the program from three schools to 12.

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