Sixteen schools began their efforts to reduce lunchtime waste as Grades of Green kicked off of its second Trash Free Lunch Challenge.

Sponsored by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, LAcarGUY, and the
Johnson Ohana Foundation, the Trash Free Lunch Challenge gives participating schools the education tools they need to reduce lunchtime waste by 70% through composting, recycling, and trash sorting.  Students are also educated about the
difference they can make by bringing their lunches in reusable containers.  The winning school will receive a $1,000 science grant, the second place school will be awarded $750, and the third place school will be awarded $500, all courtesy of Chevron.

“We are thrilled that 16 new schools will be implementing the Trash-Free Lunch program this year,” said Grace Robinson Chan, Sanitation Districts Chief Engineer and General Manager. “They will divert more than 10,000 bags of trash destined for landfills this year alone. Even more importantly, it will teach kids better habits that will protect the environment in the years to come.”

Media sources throughout Southern California pumped up the Trash Free Lunch Challenge’s kickoff, including Daily Breeze, Beach Reporter News, Culver City Patch, Easy Reader News, Manhattan Beach Patch, Palos Verdes Patch, Northridge PatchMarina del Rey PatchWoodland Hills Patch, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Pasadena Star. Check out the full articles by clicking on the links. We wish all sixteen schools luck as they empower their students to create a beautiful, healthy, sustainable environment through waste reduction!