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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: September 23, 2011

Contact: Toni Fuller, Food to Flowers Coordinator
Kitsap County Public Works, Solid Waste Division
360.337.5777 or
No: 2011-071


Bremerton School District expands school recycling program

(Port Orchard, WA) - On October 3, 2011 the West Hills STEM Academy will kick off the Fall launch of the Food to Flowers lunchroom organics recycling partnership program with Kitsap County Solid Waste Division and local recycling company, New Day Recycling. Naval Avenue Early Learning Center successfully piloted the program during the 2010-2011 school year, diverting 5 tons of recyclable material, and 6 tons of organic waste from the landfill.

The program works by collecting leftover food and food-soiled paper from the school lunchroom and kitchen, thereby diverting it from the waste stream. New Day Recycling then transports the collected material to Emu Composting Facility. At Emu, the food and paper scraps are composted into a nutrient-rich, natural soil amendment.

The Solid Waste staff will be present during lunchroom periods to provide technical assistance during the first week of the program. Student Monitors will assist the students on proper sorting of their waste into the appropriate containers for recyclable materials, garbage, and compost.
The school recycling program goals are to reduce the amount of waste, increase recycling, raise community awareness about composting and waste reduction, and give students hands-on experience as environmental stewards.

180,000 tons of garbage is generated annually in Kitsap County, with a conservative estimate of 20% being food waste or other organics. 500 pounds of waste is generated per week in an average sized school lunch room, with 85% being food and food-soiled paper. The Food to Flowers program helps divert this material from landfill disposal.

The district will continue the partnership with the remaining elementary schools: Armin Jahr, Crownhill, View Ridge, and Kitsap Lake, as well as Mountain View Middle School and the district’s Central Kitchen.

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