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School Organics Programs

Learn. Educate. Reduce.

The Future is Zero Waste!

Edible Food Recovery

Schools are required to donate excess edible food. 
The road to zero waste

Regulations Leading Change

Food scrap composting is not just the right thing to do anymore, its the law. We are here to help you achieve success, meet mandates, educate students, and change the world. 

See Regulations that apply to schools here.

Jesse Sanchez Elementary – A success story!

Follow these steps at your school to be on the Road to Zero Waste!

Steps to Zero Waste
Help me turn your school food scraps into beneficial compost! Keep the compost bin free of trash and I’ll help keep Salinas Valley growing healthy food that will come back to you at school!
Rot - Compost Superhero

Be a friend of Wally and sort your waste properly! Recycle right for your future. 
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TRaining Videos

The results are in students hands.

Teach them well.

How to Sort Food Waste

How to Recycle at School

How to Separate milk/liquid waste

How to Recycle Milk Cartons

Food Recovery

Traveling Apple Policy

The USDA allows students to save food items for consumption outside of a meal service area as long as the food items do not require cooling or heating. Examples of acceptable food items to consume later are a whole piece of fruit or a bag of baby carrots.

Food Share Tables

In an effort to reduce food waste and encourage the consumption of food served, many food service operations have established share tables. Share tables are carts or tables where children can place unconsumed food and beverage items (i.e., prepackaged food and beverages; unopened, wrapped food and beverages; or food items with a peel) that they choose to not eat or drink. These tables provide an opportunity for other children to take additional helpings of food or beverages at no cost. 

Donations to Food Banks or recovery organizations

Allow the food placed on the sharing tables that is not taken by a pupil during the course of a regular school meal time in accordance with the CalCode, Section 114079, subparagraph (A), to be donated to a food bank or any other nonprofit charitable organization.

Best Management Practices

A well run program needs to have lead(s).  If there is no lead, the program will not be sustainable.

Encourage, Support and Require Implementation.

Janitorial & Staff Training Videos

Bin Labels for Students

Student Resources

Staff Resources

Green Team Creation Tips

Engage Students!

Empower them to run the program!

Have students take a pledge to properly sort waste.