milk dispenser Courtesy of the Olympia (Washington) School District
A student with the milk dispenser.

Milk dispensers reduce waste at Olympia schools

“Steel cows” save 400,000 milk cartons annually, districtwide.

In a waste-reduction program that’s inspiring other school districts, 10 of the 18 schools in the Olympia (Washington) School District have moved from milk cartons to milk dispensers. This move has made a big dent in the problem of wasted milk and thousands of little cartons that are tough to recycle.

The program started small. Twelve years ago, “we had one elementary school that was really big into recycling, and we were approached by a teacher who found out the cartons c

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