About Waste Prevention

  • OUSD Waste Prevention is reducing the environmental footprint of our schools by decreasing and sorting our waste through the efforts of Nutrition and Custodial Services staff.  Our Green Gloves schools improve student learning, safeguard children's health, save money, and empower kids.  We want our children, their schools and our community to be healthy and uphold sustainable practices!


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Waste Prevention News

  • Our Cafeteria Waste Sorting Videos are Here

    Watch all six videos!

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  • K-12 School Food Recovery Road Map

    Hear from our own Nancy Deming who details her journey to implementing surplus food reduction and recovery efforts in OUSD.

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  • Big changes happen in small packages

    Say goodbye to the spork packages and say hello to spoons, forks, full size napkins, and their dispensers!

    The benefits:

    • Choice of eating with a fork or spoon
    • Full size, unbleached napkin
    • Simplifies sorting at student cafeteria waste stations
    • Reduction of waste and litter
    • Savings potential with fewer products taken


    These successful changes, first piloted at high schools and a few elementary schools, are now district-wide!

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  • Let's reduce the amount of milk going to the share table!

    Download your "Only take it if you're going to drink it" milk sign today.
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