How do schools prepare to compete in Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge? By attending Training Day of course! Student and staff representatives from the 25 schools competing in this year’s Challenge went to the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County on October 5th to learn helpful tips about what their school can do to reduce their lunchtime waste. The Sanitation Districts gave participants a tour of the Puente Hills Landfill and Materials Recovery Facility to give the students, teachers, parents, custodial staff, and administrators alike a better understanding of why it is so important to reduce their lunchtime waste. Along with the tour, school representatives came away from training day with a a Trash Free Lunch Challenge Handbook, the inside scoop about best practices for the Challenge, and big prize bag of goodies from our partners including products from AlgalitaBubi, Dabbawalla Bags, Funkins,  Go Green Lunchbox, Legends Socks, Klean Kanteen, and U Konserve. Click here to view more photos from Training Day. Thank you so much to those partners and our incredible sponsors at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Northrop Grummon, and Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation for making the Trash Free Lunch Challenge possible!

We are so excited to see the creative ways the competing schools implement Grades of Green’s waste Activities this year. Are you interested in reducing lunchtime waste at your school? Check out the Trash Free Lunches Activity to see how you can get started!