Food waste is rarely the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the causes of climate change, even though the carbon footprint of food waste is actually larger than the one produced by the airline industry. Our Future’s cafeteria waste reduction team is trying to reduce the impact by implementing tiers of action plans and systems that help to minimize cafeteria food waste in schools across Oregon.
Our Goal: To reduce the amount of food waste in every school statewide and implement more sustainable materials in cafeterias and kitchens.
Tiers: Start with education and basic composting, then when schools are ready, moving into industrial composting and switching from disposables to reusable dishes is the priority. The team has been creating templates for different tiers that will help each school, depending on their current school situation (specific to the level of already implemented programs) take the necessary steps toward their school cafeteria’s waste reduction.