Avon Schools Greening Lunchrooms Thanks to Grant from the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management DistrictDecember 03, 2013 No comments
The Avon Community School Corporation was recently awarded funds through a local grant program which will allow the schools to purchase reusable flatware for use in their lunchrooms and do away with the single-use forks and sporks that have been a staple in the schools’ cafeterias in recent years. It is estimated that 853,000 plastic, single-use utensils and the corresponding plastic wrappings were discarded from the school corporation each year.
The grant program offered by the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District allows local, non-profit and tax exempt organization to apply for funds to undertake waste reduction, recycling and environmental education projects. Lenn Detwiler, Executive Director for the Solid Waste Management District said, “This ‘Save the Silverware!’ program is a great example of waste reduction and we are excited to be able to support the Avon schools in their effort. I believe this project will ultimately benefit the environment and save the schools money in the long-run. One of the most thrilling aspects of this program is that it was initiated by the Food Service Department—they were the ones that saw the opportunity and took advantage of it.”
Emily Cates, Food Service Administrator for the Avon Community School Corporation, submitted the grant application. She explained, “We believe this grant will help our students become better environmental stewards. We plan to use signage in the lunch rooms showing them that not everything has to be discarded – in this case, reuse is a good use.”
Ms. Cates said that by replacing disposable silverware with real silverware, Avon Schools will see an annual cost savings of $5,000.
The Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District is now accepting grant applications for the spring 2014 grant round. The District has earmarked $10,000 for the next grant round; each applicant is eligible for up to $5,000 in funding. Interested parties are urged to visit the Solid Waste District’s website at HendricksSolidWaste.com or contact Lenn Detwiler at 858-6070 for more information.