School Lunch Recycling Flyer

Image of flyerSharing our School Lunch Recycling Flyer with your school district’s superintendent, principal, and/or director of facilities can help start a conversation about the benefits of recycling and composting at your school.   Feel free to contact us with any questions!

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New Rochelle’s Schools to Donate Surplus Food instead of Throwing it in the Garbage

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Every lunchroom in the school district has left over food, but so far, this food has gone into the garbage.  Always the same concerns against donating it to local soup kitchens were  raised. Who would pick up? We are not allowed to donate tax payers money. What if someone gets sick, then we would get sued.

Melissa Passarelli, Principal of Webster Elementary School, shared with me that she found it particularly upsetting that left over milk on Friday, with a short date of Sunday, could not be donated on Friday to either afternoon program children or other agencies. Instead, that milk is being stored over the weekend, just to be thrown out on Monday.

I learned recently about a wonderful organization called

“RockandWrapitup.org” 

This organization has recovered  thousands of pounds of cooked, but unserved food, or short dated foods such as milk or bread before a school break to give to local agencies. They have an extensive network of vetted and accredited agencies that serve the needy.

In 2008 Public Law 110-247 was enacted to encourage food donation to non profit organizations that provide assistance to food insecure people in the US.

All Donors are protected from liability through the 1996 Bill Emmerson Good Samaritan Law 104-210, 110 Stat.3011)

I have shared this program with New Rochelle’s Superintendent Jeffrey Korostoff, who was immediately on board to see what needs to be done for our schools to connect into the system. Way to go!

Despite Food Safety Concerns, Congress Voted to Allow Chicken Processed in China into New Rochelle’s Lunchrooms

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Despite concerns about the safety of food grown and processed in China, chicken can now be processed in China and sent back to this country for human consumption even though there will be no on-site USDA inspectors in Chinese processing facilities to ensure food safety.

Furthermore, Chinese-processed chicken does not have to bear “Country Of Origin Labeling,” which means that consumers will not know if they are purchasing or eating chicken processed in China.

To make matters worse, under USDA rules, Chinese-processed chicken can be used in the National School Lunch Program and other federal child nutrition programs, despite the fact that children are particularly vulnerable to food borne illnesses and dangerous chemicals.

A petition has been started to urge Congress to keep chicken from China out of our schools. Please sign and share if this concerns you. Thanks.

https://www.change.org/petitions/congress-keep-chinese-chicken-out-of-our-schools-and-supermarkets

Westchester Municipal Officials Association endorses School Lunch Recycling Program

I would like to thank the Westchester Municipal Officials Association for hosting this meeting.

Thanks to the introduction of the Town Clerk of the Town of Greenburgh, I was invited to present the School Lunch Recycling Program today to many leaders of Westchester’s municipalities.

In attendance were municipal officials of White Plains, Yonkers, Bronxville, Peekskill, Tarrytown, Ossining, Mamaroneck, Rye Brook, Town of Greenburgh and others.

I presented the cost savings, educational and environmental benefits that this program brings to schools and how these benefits will be carried back into the homes and thus back into the municipalities. All members in attendance were very interested and supportive and voted unanimously to endorse the School Lunch Recycling Program.

I am very grateful for that support. I am looking forward to working with these municipalities and school districts to make source separation, school food composting and recycling the norm in Westchester’s schools. For our children and for our future.

New Rochelle School District approves Invoice for 60 (!) hrs of labor to paint a Flag Pole

Dear Board,

I wanted to express my utter disgust at the lack of financial responsibility displayed by the Head of Buildings and Grounds in the Trinity Flag Pole Painting job from November of 2012 as detailed in the New Rochelle talk.

I hope you had all the opportunity to read that expose.

http://www.newrochelletalk.com

Who can possibly approve 60 man hours of labor to paint a flag pole?

It supposedly took 30 hrs to scrape the pole, another 8 hrs to prime it, and another 16 hrs to finish coat it. And what I love most, it took 6 hrs to clean up afterwards.

And the best, they managed to do all that with only a one day rental for the boom truck. So clearly, during the Trinity Flag Pole Painting Project, the work day was 30 hrs long!

And what is the sense of a purchase order if the invoice is by far exceeding it; and that without any explanation or questions asked?

We are increasing class sizes and are loosing special programs, just so we can pay $4500 to repaint a flag pole? This is absolutely crazy. Continue reading New Rochelle School District approves Invoice for 60 (!) hrs of labor to paint a Flag Pole

New Rochelle Park and Rec. Recycling Practically Non Existent

New York City isball field trash going all out when it comes to Recycling……. but New Rochelle is not following.

Apart from Glen Island park, recycling bins at New Rochelle Parks are non existent. None of the ball fields are sporting recycling cans, none of the playgrounds, none of the tennis courts.

The Source separation law is in effect since the late 80ies and here we are in 2013 and there are still no Recycling cans in sight.

How can we teach our children about recycling if no logistics are provided.

Especially at the ball fields, because, guess what, there are mainly bottles and cans discarded there. I did a survey and found 800 beverage containers per weekend day at the ALMS and Ward Ball fields alone. And no recycling can!

Here is an article on what Central Park is doing, it should be an example to New Rochelle.

Central Park recycling to get an overhaul:

Continue reading New Rochelle Park and Rec. Recycling Practically Non Existent

Coffee Convenience, A Growing Environmental Problem that Costs Us All Dearly

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As America’s culture of convenience continues to flourish, single-cup coffee makers have become increasingly popular among coffee drinkers. But beneath those expedient one-cup coffee pods lies a growing environmental problem.

With New Rochelle being a fast paced, suburban environment, it is a prime market for these kind of convenience driven machines.

“These things aren’t readily recyclable, if recyclable at all,” said Darby Hoover, senior resources specialist for the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Anytime you’ve got this kind of small, single-use packaging option, especially when there are clearly alternatives, it just leads me to question why you would promote that system over another that works just as well for many applications.” Continue reading Coffee Convenience, A Growing Environmental Problem that Costs Us All Dearly