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Time again to start packing those school lunches. So, this month, we’re focusing on how we can ensure our kids’ lunches are healthy AND environmentally friendly.

Quick Fact

Did you know that each of us, on average, creates about 4.5 lbs. or trash every day? [1]

How to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle….at Lunch

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the great information below. Try printing it out, talking with your child, and planning a waste-free lunch.

waste free lunch page 1

waste free lunch page 2

Some interesting New York Recycling Facts

GrowNYC.org has some wonderful information about our state…and some of it may surprise you. Did you know, for example, that we produce 12,000 tons of waste each day? [2] That’s about the same weight as 53 Statues of Liberty…every day. [3]

Click here for the GrowNYC.org Recycling Facts.


  1. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/wastefreelunch_poster_508.pdf
  2. https://www.grownyc.org/recycling/facts
  3. http://www.nyctrip.com/Pages/1143/Statue