Redondo Beach elementary schools, Jefferson, Madison and Alta Vista, officially banned “sporks” (the plastic utensil that is a cross between forks and spoons) with the help of Grades of Green.

Not only are these schools banning sporks, they are also implementing other school-wide green programs such as No-Trash Tuesdays, Walk-to-School-Wednesdays and introducing composting to the campuses. Jefferson Elementary began the ban of spork packages and was followed by Alta Vista and Madison.  The next step is to get a district-wide ban.  These spork packages contain a spork, napkin and plastic straw, which is additionally all wrapped in a plastic container.  In reality, all of their components are rarely used, so result in a great deal of unnecessary waste.  By banning the spork packages and other various efforts to reduce waste at lunchtime, these schools are going from 10-20 trash bags to 2-4, creating about $700 in savings!  To read to full article in the Beach Reporter, go here.