Exciting Changes for a New School Year

Bay Farm Elementary Recycles Organics! 
The Alameda Unified School District is going green by participating in the new Food Scrap Recycling Program; helping our community and the environment!  Bay Farm Elementary has been chosen as a pilot school along with Otis, Paden, Edison and Chipman.  Read the attached Parent Newsletter to find out more.
 
In our first 4 days of  recyling during lunch, BayFarm students have diverted over:
 
432 gallons of organics
128 gallons of mixed recycling
 
Our 500+ student population usually fills 7-32 gallon trash cans at lunch.  That is around 224 gallons of landfill per day. With the new recycling program, we are now only producing about 16 gallons per day, less than one can of garbage.  Way to go Bay Farm students!
 

How to Pack a Zero Waste Lunch

Are your kids asking for Zero Waste Lunches?  Read the above Planet Green article by Sarah Novak.

 

  

Now in effect, Alameda County las requires that all plant debris be separated and recycled.  Find out more

 

 See how our mixed recycling items are sorted and recycled at Waste Mangement.

365 Ways to Go Green

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PVC-Free School Supplies Shopping Guide: 
Phthalates have been banned in children's toys, but they're still legal in PVC school supplies our children come in contact with on a daily basis.  To sign a petition letting retailers and manufacturers know parents want PVC-free school supplies click here: http://bit.ly/UKO0U
 
Here's some school supply shopping tips you can start using today:
  • PVC Labeling: PVC products are often labeled with the words "vinyl" on the packaging, such as vinyl 3-ring binders. PVC can also be identified by looking for the number "3" inside, or the letters "V" or "PVC" underneath, the universal recycling symbol. Just remember, bad news comes in #3's, so don't buy PVC!
  • Backpacks: Avoid backpacks with shiny plastic designs as they often contain PVC and may contain lead. 
  • Art Supplies: Modeling clays are often loaded with phthalates. Look for clays made without PVC and phthalates like Crayola Air-Dry clay.
  • Notebooks: Avoid notebooks containing metal spirals  encased in colored plastic. The colored plastic coating on the metal spirals usually contains PVC. Select notebooks with uncovered metal spirals to avoid PVC. 
  • Paper Clips: Stick to the plain metal paperclips. Colored paper clips are coated with PVC.
  • Shoes: Crocs are PVC free, however many similar shoes (or 'knockoffs"), like the Kamid Doodle, are made with PVC. Many of the charms for Crocs are also made with PVC. All Nike, Puma, and L.L. Bean shoes are PVC free.
 For a complete PVC-Free Shopping Guide click on the PVCFree.pdf file below. 
 
 
 
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