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Student, parent and teacher tips for a sustainable school year
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Pack lunch items in reusable containers to minimize daily waste. - photo by Photo Contributed


Packing a waste-free lunch may take a bit more time and creativity but, given the environmental benefits, it’s well worth the extra effort. 

·         Use a lunch box or reusable bag

·         Put food in reusable containers

·         Pack a cloth napkin to wash and reuse

·         Pack reusable utensils instead of disposables

·         Use a thermos or other reusable beverage container

·         Purchase snacks in bulk size and repack into individual reusable containers

·         Prepare more fresh fruit and less prepackaged food

·         Pack only as much food as your child will eat

·         Label all your containers and water bottles to ensure they will make it back home.

·         Minimize the morning rush by packing lunches the night before and store them in the refrigerator overnight

Did you know that if you use a disposable lunch, you create between 4–8 ounces of garbage every day? That can add up to as much as 100 pounds per year!



There are a number of ways to minimize the use of disposable paper products/goods.

·         Increase recycling and use more recycled material

·         Work with the parent association and/or administration to address paper and purchasing strategies

·         Distribute the school bulletin electronically

·         Post more communications on class web pages and the school website

·         Reuse paper from the recycle bins for scratch paper during math

·         Adopt a mindful approach with the faculty and staff when copying and printing

·         Encourage room parents to buy in bulk, avoiding individual containers and to opt for healthier food choices.



·         Don’t overbuy (only buy what you really need)

·         Use unused school supplies from last year (reuse what you can), before buying more

·         Buy canvas and cardboard binders instead of plastic

·         Buy recycled paper

·         Use a reusable water bottle instead of disposable plastic ones

·         Look into your closet first before rushing to buy new clothes

·         Consider a clothing swap with classmates

·         Donate clothes that don’t fit anymore to a local charity

Last but not least, be sure to participate in your school’s Go Green Week activities and join the City of Turlock’s Team Green Kids Club!  More information on both programs are available for the kids club on the City’s website at

For questions or additional information, please contact the Municipal Services Department at 209-668-5590 or visit the City of Turlock website at Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department.



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