Coming to a School Near You: Recyclable Lunch Trays
MCPS is expanding its environmental stewardship efforts this school year by moving to recycled paper lunch trays in all schools. The new recyclable trays will replace polystyrene trays. In the past, the cost of switching to recycled paper trays had been prohibitive. But, the MCPS Division of Food and Nutrition Services collaborated with manufacturers and other school districts nationwide to identify a high-quality, affordable tray that can be used across the district.
The MCPS School Energy and Recycling Team is working with schools to ensure that the trays are properly recycled.
The school system’s commitment to responsible environmental stewardship dates back to the 1970s, when its first energy policy and program took shape. Since then, MCPS has become a national leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship. In 2013, MCPS won the District Sustainability Award from the U.S. Department of Education, and four schools have won National Green Ribbon honors.