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Elementary school takes composting to next level

How Waters Elementary School engineered a way to divert almost 90 percent of lunchroom trash from the landfill.

Nationwide, an estimated average of 30 to 50 percent of lunchroom food is trashed—that is, not recycled or composted—according to data from the School Nutrition Association.

At Waters Elementary School in Chicago, a new sorting program has reduced that amount of waste to just 13 percent.

With the help of a grant from the Environmental Research and Education Foundation, Julie Moore, a parent, has been measuring trash. 

Moore has worked with the school n

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