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 SGA’s Zero Waste Schools Program began at Holmes Elementary School in Oak Park in 2008. The program has subsequently expanded to all of Oak Park District 97 as well as the other districts and schools, both public and private, listed below. The Oak Park and River Forest Zero Waste Program is now funded by PlanItGreen through the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.

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Schools Involved:

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  • Collectively, Oak Park and River Forest schools divert an average of 85% of their lunchroom waste from landfills through recycling and commercial composting.

  • Oak Park and River Forest High School began kitchen composting in 2012. In 2016, they started participating in the Surplus Project, in which cafeteria staff repackages surplus prepared foods into individual meals that volunteers from the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry deliver to Youth Outreach Services.

  • Irving School launched a zero waste lunchroom program in December 2017 and in one day diverted 138 lbs of waste from the landfill.

  • Beye Elementary School diverts 96% of its lunchroom waste from landfill-- typically generating a mere 2 lbs of lunchroom trash per day for its 425 students.

  • All 10 District 97 schools are now equipped for commercial composting.

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