CVA’s 331 students who ate lunch on Apr. 14 did the impossible. They produced just 0.5 pounds of garbage. Their efforts made them the top spot in Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority’s 2016 Zero Waste Challenge. As winners, the school will receive the services of a DJ for a future lunchtime.
To put this is perspective, that means each student generated waste weighing roughly the same as a single paper clip. Leading up to the Zero Waste Lunch, cafeteria staff promoted the day with various posters that included tips to reduce waste in the cafeteria.
The Waste Authority’s School Recycling Coordinator Jamie Tuttle said students were diligent to properly sorting recyclables, food waste and trash.
“Without the efforts from Barbara Cristman, Director of Food Services, this success would not be possible. Over the past few years, she has strived to reduce the amount of waste being produced from the kitchen. The hard work from Barb, her staff and the students at Central Valley Academy has made a significant impact!” she said.