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Transfiguration Catholic School is a Pre-K through 8th Grade Catholic School that was founded in 1953.

Challenge

Both the staff and parents of Transfiguration Catholic School were interested in finding ways to recycle better at the school. They reached out to one of BizRecycling’s Recycling Experts for help.

How We Helped

Our Recycling Expert visited Transfiguration Catholic School to learn more about their waste stream. They discovered that food and drink waste was the largest material by volume that the school could be recycling.

Transfiguration Catholic School worked with a local farm that takes food waste and recycles it into livestock food. A custom sorting table was built to allow the 32-gallon barrels provided by the farm for collecting food and drink leftovers to be easily filled by students. 

Outcome

Students quickly adjusted to the new sorting system, and learned to separate paper and plastic from their food and drink leftovers. The trash goes into one barrel, and the food and drink waste goes into another barrel. The farm picks up the full food barrels every other day. Since the barrels are on wheels, the custodians only have to roll them out to the loading dock to be picked up.

Transfiguration Catholic School is now recycling over 30,000 pounds of food and drink waste into livestock feed every year. They cut the frequency of their garbage pickups in half, which is saving the school $250 a month.

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