Schools plan to expand organics recycling

Meeting for interested staff and parents Friday

Minneapolis Public Schools teachers, staff and parents who are interested in starting an organics recycling program at their schools can attend an informational session Friday morning at district headquarters.

Burroughs and Lake Harriet community schools in Southwest already have started separating out lunchroom scraps and paper products for composting. The district is seeking grants to expand those efforts to other schools in the 2009–2010 school year.

Separating organics from trash and other recycling can require additional spending and educational efforts at schools. But composting food and paper in many cases will significantly reduce the amount of waste a school sends to a landfill.

During the 2006–2007 school year, a Hennepin County organics-composting program kept nearly 500 tons of waste from 50 area schools out of the landfill.

The Friday informational session will include a presentation on the existing programs at Burroughs and Lake Harriet as well as information on funding opportunities for schools that wish to participate. Parents and staff who plan to attend were encouraged to invite their school’s principal or building engineer.

The meeting is 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Friday at district headquarters, 807 Broadway St. N.E. If you plan to attend contact Chrissie Carver of the Minneapolis Public Schools Division of Policy and Operations at 668-0543 or [email protected].