Food Waste Recycling

The Food Waste and Recycling program, funded by the Sacramento Solid Waste Authority (SWA), was designed to cut down on compostable and recyclable trash ending up in landfills. Municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are the third largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, accounting for approximately 14.1 % of these emissions in 2016. To cut down on methane emissions and foster healthier lungs, Breathe teams up with schools to educate children on a landfill’s environmental impact. Breathe is also implementing systems in schools to teach children to separate food waste from trash and pave the way for a more sustainable, cleaner future.

For more information on the program, contact program manager Katie Smet by email at [email protected] or by calling the Breathe office at (916)444-5900 ext.8#.

School Food Waste Recycling Implementation Guide

The following guide was developed based on the Food Waste Recycling Pilot Program implemented into ten schools across Elk Grove Unified School District, San Juan Unified School District, and Twin Rivers Unified School District during the 2018-19 school year. We hope that it will serve as a starting point for schools and school districts to implementing and running their own food waste recycling programs.

A complete version of the guide can be downloaded here.
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