Big Green Head Launches Pilot Recycling Program at Evening Street Elementary School and Reduces Waste Headed to Landfill by 80 Percent

New Recycling Program Results in Nearly 3,000 Lbs. of Waste Diverted from Landfills in Just Six Weeks, Heading Toward Goal of a “Zero Waste” Cafeteria

Columbus, OH, November 27, 2013 --( Today, Big Green Head, a company helping businesses, schools and communities set goals to reduce their impact on the environment, announced its pilot recycling program at Evening Street Elementary School has resulted in an 80 percent reduction in waste going to the landfill.

Launched in spring 2013, the program involves students recycling their lunch trash and composting leftovers. Evening Street’s cafeteria waste went from an average of 7 bags of landfill waste each day to 1.5, meaning an 80 percent reduction in waste to landfills. By the end of a six-week test period, students had diverted 2,950 pounds of waste from going to landfills. The food scraps collected from the students were taken to a compost facility to become nutrient-rich soil.

“In just six weeks, the students had fully caught on to the process, and the cafeteria went from 7 bags of waste to just over one,” said Karen Ferris, title, Big Green Head. “Our hope is to expand this program to more schools and organizations across Franklin County. Bringing the program to schools is a terrific opportunity to teach our future leaders to be conservationists by being mindful of the impact their choices have on the environment.”

According to, the typical American school child generates 67 pounds of discarded lunch waste per school year, resulting in more than 18,000 pounds yearly for the average-sized elementary school.

“Students caught on in a matter of days,” said Mary Rykowski, principal, Evening Street Elementary. “They know they’re doing something good for the environment, and this process opens the door to that conversation.”

Parent volunteers supervise the process, but kids are responsible for putting their leftover food in the composting container and sorting their trash into the appropriate recycling bins. All grades at the school, from kindergarten to sixth grade, participate in the program. The school has more than 500 students.

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Michelle Garrett