Alameda County School Districts
High Marks for Reusable Foodware at School
Other school districts opted for off-site dishwashing by outside companies like Bay Area-based Dishjoy “They will pick up the used stainless-steel trays, forks, and spoons from our 10 pilot schools and drop off clean ones on a daily basis,” says Stephanie Willits, the project lead for Fremont Unified School District’s pilot. Currently, the cost for this service is higher than buying single-use foodware, but the hope is that this will change as more schools move to reusables. Even now, the benefits outweigh the costs. “For one thing, our frequent worries about supply chains and the availability of the disposable trays will be a thing of the past,” says Willits. "More importantly, we are delivering on requests from our own students to reduce the use of plastic in our schools and teaching the young kids hands-on sustainable life skills.”
Interested in transitioning your school to reusables? Learn more about StopWaste’s grant program, the Center of Environmental Health and their Ditch Disposables Toolkit, as well as Plastic-Free Restaurants.