Local school is helping to save the environment one food scrap at a time

May 16, 2016 10:51 AM by News Staff

A school in Chico is joining in a pioneering effort to recycle food waste.

Chico Country Day School is the first institution to join Waste Management's food recycling program.

Instead of throwing away leftover food from the cafeteria, it's dropped into an organics container.

Teachers and staff taught the kids to separate trash, recyclables, and food waste.

"It's about the children, education it's not just about sitting in a classroom it's also about learning about what you are going to be doing when you become an adult,” said Stuart Langford, the school’s plant manager. “It’s about being responsible for looking out after the planet for the next generations and the next generations so I think it's a good start."

Once they finish gathering the food, it's sent to North State Rendering in Oroville where it's processed and turned into compressed natural gas.

Since joining the program two weeks ago, they've managed to reduce their trash to only one bag. ###


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