Dobbs Ferry PTSA
Zero Waste School Events
A "Zero-Waste" event is where no waste (or very little waste) is generated. This is achieved by having everything brought to the event be either reusable, recyclable or compostable. Springhurst is a leader in Westchester County, being the only school with an on-site facility size compost bin system run by a partnership between the custodial staff and parents/community members to process food waste. Dr. Lisa Brady announced during the 2017-18 school year, a district wide commitment to reducing waste in our schools.
Up until 2018, school events have been held with non-recyclable products, sale and distribution of single-use plastic water bottles that routinely end up in the trash, and PTSA members faced with an enormous amount of food waste at the clean-up.
The PTSA has supported the use of compostable plates, cups and utensils at school wide events such as Soup and Salad Days, SPRING Square Dance, Math Olympiad and Back to School Night.
Imagine all classroom and school-wide events with Zero Waste where we can truly support the students’ waste reduction efforts, assist our custodial staff, AND do the right thing for our school community and the world at large.
3 IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT COMPOSTABLE PRODUCTS:
Products must be BPI certified. This is stated on the packaging with BPI/small logo.
Biodegradeable does not mean compostable
Unfortunately, corn based compostable products do not work at Springhurst, so cups/utensils that look like plastic cannot work in our on-site system, but are great for outside of school where there is a commercial compost facility.
See below for suggestions for classroom and school wide event paper products
Serve food when possible on brown or white napkins (COMPOST at Springhurst)
or even paper towels* (TRASH at Springhurst, but better than throwing away a bulky plate)
* PAPER TOWELS NEVER GO IN PAPER RECYCLING BINS AT SPRINGHURST
Napkins- please use white or brown napkins and forgo the decorative colors as they are not compostable and are made with chemicals that can affect our compost and organic garden.
Use Chinet brand paper plates instead of plastic plates or
Non coated paper plates instead of plastic plates (like Pizza parlor plates)
*Both are COMPOST IF torn or cut up before discarding. Throwing whole plates in COMPOST will make more work for our custodians and slow down the compost going to the garden.
Serving food - ask for parent volunteers to use reusable trays or containers with lids first. Aluminum trays/tin foil are another option which can be RECYCLED instead of plastic anything covered in plastic wrap!
NO MORE PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES!
Use small 4-5 oz, pleated paper cups (COMPOST at Springhurst)
Use PTSA owned pitchers for serving water and refillable water stations throughout school, gym and lunchroom or suggest glass/plastic jugs with spigots for serving bulk water.
Suggest BYOB (Bring your own bottle) and use refill water stations throughout school, gym and lunchroom.
Sell reusable water bottles with logo
* Carolyn at AIA if time allows - http://aiaps.com
Use wooden toothpicks (COMPOST at Springhurst) when possible to serve fruit instead of plastic forks
Use wooden, compostable utensils (COMPOST at Springhurst).
*Available on Amazon.com or
https://www.webstaurantstore.com/eco-gecko-heavy-weight-disposable-wooden-spoon-case/175GWP301.html or https://www.goodstartpackaging.com/disposable-wooden-utensils/
Request reusable cloth bags or paper shopping bags when transporting items
Use small brown paper bags instead of plastic bags
Say NO to ziplock baggies and use paper bags, parchment paper or reusable containers
* Parchment paper is COMPOST at Springhurst
* Brown paper bags are PAPER RECYCLE
PLASTIC BAGS AND SOFT PLASTIC WRAPPING ON PRODUCTS NEVER GO IN THE PLASTIC RECYCLE BIN AND NEVER DECOMPOSE :(
BAKE SALES OR EVENTS WITH BAKED GOODS
Request that all items be wrapped in parchment paper instead of individually wrapped plastic ziplock bags (COMPOST at Springhurst)
Or ask for a reusable tray with cover to serve baked goods.
Share link for specifics to those baking
Events will have a multi-bin recycling/compost station set up by the custodial staff.
Please make sure parents and any staff helping out are aware of the new guidelines.