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3Rs School Recycling

April 05, 2017

This month Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is assisting several schools with waste audits, particularly for their cafeterias. Waste audits provide a great opportunity to assess what materials are being thrown out and if there are ways that schools could “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” those materials, keeping them out of the waste stream. This month Haleʻiwa Elementary School is performing its first cafeteria waste audit and Waialua Elementary School is reinvigorating its classroom recycling program!

Starting this month, Sunset Beach Elementary School (SBES) is expanding its food waste diversion program to 5 days a week! Every day, SBES diverts an average of 140 pounds of food waste and compostable trays from the dumpster. Since November 2016, SBES has diverted 3,900 pounds! We estimate that by the end of the year, with 5 day a week collection, SBES will be able to divert 9,000 pounds of food waste and lunch trays from the waste stream. 

The Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation 3Rs School Recycling program offers classroom presentations to schools on Oʻahu. Presentations are typically 35-40 minutes long, and cover the meaning of 3Rs, examples of how to practice each, and an overview of how your school can create its own recycling program. For more information, or to book a presentation, email [email protected]!

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