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Where Does Our Trash Go?

The Parkway School District recently received the Missouri Recycling Association "Outstanding Small Organics Diversion Program" award. The district’s new composting program will divert an additional 720 tons of material every year from landfills, nearly doubling Parkway’s program impact in just one year.

Julia Goldman, a senior at Central High; Abby Lammers, a junior at North High, along with Russ Barton, a North High science teacher; Erik Lueders, the district’s sustainability and purchasing manager, and Marlene Pfeiffer, Parkway’s director of food services accepted the award in Jefferson City on September 17.

In addition to the recycling award, Parkway received a proclamation from the Missouri Senate signed by Senator Tom Dempsey.

During the 2012-13 school year, north area schools piloted a new compostable lunch tray and combined food composting. The program was funded by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District. The pilot was conducted in all six north area schools – Bellerive, Craig, McKelvey and Ross elementary schools, Northeast Middle and North High. Due to active student involvement, the compostable lunch trays and combined food composting were very well received.

The recycling poster (pictured) was designed by North High student, Jacqueline Sotraidis, who graduated last May.

Parkway has been in the forefront of recycling since 1991 when three elementary school students made a presentation to the Board of Education that the district should recycle Styrofoam lunch trays. Since then, the recycling program has grown steadily and evolved many times into what it is today. Now, through a single stream recycling program Parkway recovers some 750 to 800 tons of material every year.