Recycling is all the rage and California school districts have jumped on board with foam lunch tray recycling programs that aim to teach students the importance of reducing waste. Several districts, including Riverside and Torrance, have joined the movement and implemented programs in which the students tap the excess food from their trays into a trash can and then place the tray into a special foam recycling container. The trays are then taken by truck to Dart Container in Corona, where they are recycled and then sent to another company for repurposing.
Torrance’s program, called “Going the Extra Mile,” is sponsored by P&R Paper Supply and so far the students have recycled 95,000 trays. Riverside Unified School District has 28 schools participating in their program, which has reduced waste by almost 50% and allowed for a reduction in trash pick-ups per week. The 1.3 million foam lunch trays a year they are now recycling will eventually be sent to NEPCO in Corona, where they will become picture frames and crown molding.
Schools are not the only people in the Inland Empire to see foam recycling as the way of the future. Thanks to the efforts of Burrtec Waste Industries, over 67 California communities now allow foam to be recycled in co-mingled curbside containers. Those cities include Bloomington, Crestline, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Montclair, Ontario (partial), Pomona (partial), Rialto, Rancho Cucamonga, Running Springs, Upland, San Bernardino (partial), Yucaipa, Riverside and parts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Source: Daily Breeze