Denti Elementary rises to the Zero Waste Lunch Challenge

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - On any given day, most school districts produce more than 1,000 pounds of garbage.

During the Zero Waste Lunch Challenge, 12 local schools competed to put out the least amount of trash for just one day.

It's an effort put on by the Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority. Denti Elementary School in Rome -- a school with nearly 500 students -- won first place for elementary schools for putting out less than a pound of garbage.

"We had incredible support from our school, our custodial staff, the women who prepare all of our lunches, parents," said Eileen Woodcock, Green Team leader at Denti. "Everyone was really incredible with the support, and we ended up with less than a half pound of waste that day."

In the middle and high school category, Holland Patent placed first. The entire school put out just two pounds of trash for an entire day.

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