Composting/Recycling in the Susan Lindgren Cafeteria

slcompostingAs part of a district-wide initiative to reduce waste at St. Louis Park schools, Susan Lindgren was the recipient of a grant that helped purchase a recycling, compost and trash sorting table for the cafeteria. The district is hoping to reduce the amount of lunchroom waste that goes in the trash by recycling and composting as much as possible. In order for this program to be a success, education is key. St. Louis Park staff, Hennepin County staff and parent volunteers have been standing at the sorting table during lunch and educating kids on what bins each item goes in. The kids have caught on quickly and seem excited to be making a difference! We anticipate scheduling more dates in the future to assist with helping the kids with sorting over lunch, especially after kids return from winter and spring break. Signups to volunteer on these dates will be sent out at a later date. Contact parent volunteer Renae Kuehl (corn0072@gmail.com) if you are interested in helping out in any way!

Plastic baggies and individually packaged items seem to produce the most waste in home lunches. Would you consider using reusable containers? Give it a try! Set a goal to pack one waste free lunch a week and see how it goes! If you are interested in learning more about how to reduce waste in home lunches, check out these tips:

Packing Tips for a Waste-Free Lunch


Thanks for helping us reduce waste at Susan Lindgren!