Dublin City Schools is committed to continuously seeking ways to operate more efficiently and sustainably.
In partnership with the District’s food service provider Chartwells, several initiatives are in the works in our cafeteria to reduce landfill waste, use more sustainable materials, and reduce food waste.
We have already switched from styrofoam to compostable trays in elementary schools, which saves over 2,500 trays per day from the landfill. By next school year, we will phase out styrofoam entirely at all schools, including plates and bowls.
This year, utensil kits have been phased out at Pinney, Wright, Deer Run, Wyandot, and Bailey. They will be replaced with paper straws, a napkin dispenser, and single-use cutlery. All elementaries will follow by next school year.
We are also starting "share baskets" at all elementaries this year, with middle and high schools to follow. Because of USDA guidelines, students sometimes take food they know they won't eat to make their meal compliant. With the share basket, students can place prepackaged or whole fruit into the basket to share.
Next year at the high school level, Chartwells' Waste Not program will be implemented allowing cafeteria staff to measure, record, and track daily food waste in order to find areas of improvement.
“Continuously improving in everything we do is one of our core principles,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “We are proud our food services department is leading the way on meaningful changes in our cafeterias when it comes to biodegradable materials and reducing food waste.”
The District is also committed to recycling whenever possible. Our kitchens all have systems in place to recycle paper, cardboard, plastics, and metals.