NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2013-2014. As an Organics Collection school, you are on the forefront of an exciting moment in NYC history!. In the 2013-2014 school year, the NYC Department of Education and Department of Sanitation are conducting an . ID: 591292
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ADMINISTRATORS & FACULTY
NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2013-2014Slide2
As an Organics Collection school, you are on the forefront of an exciting moment in NYC history!
In the 2013-2014 school year, the NYC Department of Education and Department of Sanitation are conducting an
Organics Collection program in over 300 school cafeterias and kitchens in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island schools.
IN NYC SCHOOLSSlide3
These materials will be turned into compost or renewable energy.
WHAT IS ORGANICS?
For the purpose of this Program, we refer to
like vegetables, meats, grains, cheeses, and fruits
soiled paper products
like napkins, brown bags, plates, and compostable trays
A LOOK AT
ORGANICS:WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
According to the NYC Department of Sanitation, nearly 30% of all NYC's waste can be composted.
In schools, it’s closer to 40%
Waste Characterization StudySlide5
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COLLECTING
reduce the amount of trash going to landfills
reduce export cost of waste
generate renewable energy
reduce greenhouse gas emissions
develop a valuable commodity
CAFETERIA SORTING: HOW WILL IT WORK?
New stations will be set up in the cafeteria, where students will sort their lunch waste in four different components
LIQUIDSRECYCLING LANDFILL ORGANICSSlide7
A LOOK INTO THE
Organic material is picked up nightly by the Department of Sanitation. It is important that the organics bins are free from contaminants like foam and plastic so materials can be properly processed.Slide8
Sorting stations create a more organized cafeteria routine.Reduces cleanup for SchoolFood, school aides, and custodial staff by reducing litter.Reduces vermin and pest problems by having food scraps contained in a plastic bin with lid.
BENEFITS OF CAFETERIA SORTINGSlide9
Reinforces classroom recycling practices and contributes to positive, sustainable habits.
BENEFITS OF CAFETERIA SORTING
Offers opportunity for students to take a leadership and/or mentoring role by educating their peers about the importance of
Organics are taken to commercial facilities, where they are processed and made into compost or renewable energy.
It is important that the organics bins are free from contaminants like foam and plastic so the materials can be properly processed.
WHAT HAPPENS TO COLLECTED
NYC Parks, School & Community Gardens, Street Trees
WHERE DOES THE FINISHED COMPOST GO?Slide12
HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE?
Coordinate with your Sustainability Coordinator and student Green Team. Volunteer once a week as a cafeteria aide to educate and speak with students.Help train student Cafeteria Monitors.Periodically check on the sorting stationsHelp host an assembly on the importance of recycling and composting.Slide13
HOW CAN TEACHERS INCORPORATE
ORGANICS COLLECTION TO THE CLASSROOM?
Incorporate the process of composting into lesson plans.Take 5 minutes before lunch to remind students of the steps and importance of Cafeteria Sorting.
Recycling & Composting Focus Student CouncilAfterschool RoboticsWeb-designGreen Career FairSlide15
ORGANICS COLLECTION A
Questions? Comments? For more information contact the DOE Office of Sustainabilitysustainability@schools.nyc.govOr visit: www.nyc.gov/organics