Less Waste

Students at Mid Carolina HS are making much less waste in the cafeteria by “tapping & stacking” washable baskets and bowls. The startup cost of the new initiative was $300, compared to spending $150 weekly on disposables. Debra Rowe, kitchen manager, with support from Mrs. Barnes, Director of Child Nutrition, is largely responsible for putting the initiative in place. She says, “These plates will save money, help our landfill, and are very sturdy. Students also love the way food looks in the baskets…presentations pop!” How-to videos are looping in the cafeteria, and student “guards” are making sure the reusables aren’t thrown away until everyone is used to the new program.