Grades of Green's Trash Free Lunch Challenge is a year-long competition in which Los Angeles schools challenge each other to see which school can reduce the most lunchtime waste. Through fun, educational assemblies, personalized eco-starter kits, waste reduction plans, and Grades of Green staff available to personally guide each school, Grades of Green helps create an environment where every school can be a winner! Participating schools ask students to reduce trash by bringing reusable lunch containers and using lunchtime sorting stations; forming habits that will protect the environment for years to come. Collectively, schools will divert thousands of bags of trash destined for landfills this year alone. Even more importantly, the Challenge will teach kids better habits that will protect the environment in the years to come. Since the inception of the Trash Free Lunch Challenge in 2011, participating schools have decreased lunchtime trash by an average of 70%, and winning schools are reducing waste by over 90%! In the past 5 years, 57,000 students in 98 schools have been a part of the Trash Free Lunch Challenge. 70,000 bags of trash are being diverted by participating schools each year, and over 100,000 bags of trash have been diverted in the past five years! (That’s enough bags to line the course of a marathon!) Applications for this year's Trash Free Lunch Challenge are currently open, and space is limited! To learn more about the Challenge and to register your school, please call us at 310-607-0175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information.
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