Hello, Jonathan here. I’m going to do something that hasn’t yet been done on my blog: share the thoughts of a guest contributor. But not just any guest contributor. This is a high school friend of mine, so, well, let’s just say we’ve known each other for a long time! Anon, as they will be known, is a school janitor, who has had many a conversation with me on food waste in schools. I have setup close to 100 recycling programs and schools in Southern California, seeing firsthand, just how pervasive and disgusting this food waste problem we have is. Anon’s perspective, though, is different, because they have worked first hand, up close, in the trenches, so to speak. They have (out of job preservation) been forces to throw away thousands of gallons of fresh milk and tons of edible food. Their perspective will blow you away.
Pictured on left was some food “waste” I recovered a few years ago. On the right was some partially eaten and untouched meals that wound up in the trash.
As a substitute custodian of more than 2 years, I have seen at every district I’ve worked horrendous amounts of daily food waste. These districts supposedly have food scrap programs, but I have yet to see the evidence. Very few schools are allowed to give out any leftovers-if only to employees-otherwise it all goes in the garbage.
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