Sam Case Elementary and Newport Middle Schools are becoming a darker shade of green thanks to the help of state and local agencies aiming for greater recycling among Lincoln County Schools.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program has awarded $10,539 to the Lincoln County Solid Waste District who is joining forces with Thompson’s Sanitary Service, LCSD schools, and Sodexo to prevent food waste, create composting programs and provide education about sustainable practices at Sam Case Elementary and Newport Middle School. For two years, Thompson’s Sanitary and the Lincoln County Solid Waste District have organized and paid for the entire 7th grade class at Newport Middle to follow the path of Newport’s waste to the Mixed Recycling and Composting facilities, as well as to the landfill. By becoming an Oregon Green School, it was the perfect way to send a consistent and accountable message to Newport students that sustainable living is important.
The Green Team class at Newport Middle School has 30 students enrolled. Students learn about sustainable living, part of which is implementing food composting in the cafeteria where they will staff breakfast and lunch to assist their peers in recycling along with food composting their lunch waste. Two teachers will be coordinating the efforts of the students at both Newport Middle and Sam Case Elementary. It allows students to work with community stakeholders to gain more knowledge with environmental sustainability and support students to be innovators. It’s hoped that this program will teach them environmental and health values that will stay with them all their lives.