Since 2013, Environmental Sustainability in partnership with E.J. Harrison has been offering recycling and composting programs within the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD). In just four years, VUSD successfully enrolled all 17 elementary schools in the food waste collection and recycling program. The program's mission is to educate children on how and what can be recycled or composted and the reasons behind why these practices are essential to the sustainability of our community. Each year we collect and divert over 150 tons of food waste from the landfill, avoiding methane release while creating nutrient-rich compost material.
In addition to supplying appropriate bin signage, the city also provides in-classroom and lunchtime assistance to explain the process and value of the program to students and staff. We also assist schools in doing waste audits to find areas of improvement and help schools institute internal recognition and rewards for a job well done.
If you're a principal, administrator, or generally curious about the lunch recycling and food waste composting program, we've created a video to go over the benefits and best practices. To watch a video about our food waste collection, diversion, and composting program, click on the link HERE!
If you're a teacher and would like to play a video to help educate your students on how to properly sort their waste during lunch, you are encouraged to play this short video before you send your students off to lunch. Click on the link HERE!