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utensils, trays, and more, Bates reduced landfill-bound waste 40 percent by weight. Diverting food waste to composting or anaerobic digestion in the future will reduce Bates' landfill-bound waste even further. With support from parent volunteers, Sprague and Hunnewell Schools adopted the Bates cafeteria program. Bates, Sprague, and Fiske were approved for Food For Free pickups and share-table donations in November. With staff training and freezers, food rescue began in January. In addition, Delaney purchased Preserve-brand recycled plas- tic containers for cold lunches at the elementary schools. Replacing dis- posable single-use containers will save over 15,000 disposables. Separately in town, a pilot program run from October 2017 to this past January at the Recycling and Disposal Facility collected food waste from residents in buckets, which was eventually turned into fertilizer. An evaluation will determine if this food management program can be continued. Successful food recovery and waste reduction has resulted from teamwork and broad participation. Delaney asserts, "Private schools and clubs should also consider this effort. Food that's intended for peo- ple and is 'extra' should be given a second chance to nourish a life, not a landfill. The local grocery stores reduce waste, create compost, and donate to recovery organizations. Everyone should consider the amount of food that's being wasted and the impact that it could have as a posi- tive for people and the environment." Food recovery work is not simple, but it has a wide-ranging and lasting impact. Says Delaney, "If we can save money, waste less, and feed more people with what we have, that's good. If I can teach others to do the same, that's great!" Recommended Reading To learn more about food waste and what you can do about it, check out the following books: n AMERICAN WASTELAND: HOW AMERICA THROWS AWAY NEARLY HALF OF ITS FOOD (AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT) by Jonathan Bloom (De Capo Press, 2010) n FOOD FOOLISH: THE HIDDEN CONNECTION BETWEEN FOOD WASTE, HUNGER, AND CLIMATE CHANGE by John M. Mandyck and Eric B. Schultz (Carrier Corporation, 2015) n WASTE FREE KITCHEN HANDBOOK by Dana Gunders (Chronicle Books, 2015) n WASTE: UNCOVERING THE GLOBAL FOOD SCANDAL by Tristram Stuart (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2009) Recycling setup at Bates with bins full of cartons and bottles P H O T O S B Y M A R Y B E T H M A R T E L L O 152 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 good works "teamwork and broad participation"

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