Big Cities Once Again Step Up to the Plate on Improving School Food

Mark Izeman
May 20, 2015
School food usually gets a bad rap.
But six of the largest school districts in the nation are once again trying to change that reputation.
Today, the Urban School Food Alliance - a unique coalition including New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando and Chicago--is announcing that its member cities will start rolling out the use of compostable round plates in school cafeterias this month.
The schools are saying good-bye to roughly 225 million polystyrene foam (commonly known as Styrofoam) trays per year - allowing these cities to dramatically slash waste sent to landfills, reduce plastics pollution in our communities and oceans, and create valuable compost that can be re-used on our farms.
My colleague Margaret Brown writes more about the importance of shifting away from polystyrene foam and towards compostable plate here.
By making this move these cities are also teaching kids that sustainability and smarter choices can be integrated into every part of your daily life - even your lunch.