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Jesse G. Sanchez Elementary honored for its food recycling program

Girl recycling food at Sanchez

Jesse G. Sanchez School, along with its staff and students, have been named the recipients of the California Resource Recovery Association's 2020 Outstanding School Recycling Program Award. The award will be presented at the association’s awards ceremony at the CRRA Annual Conference this August 16-19, 2020, which will be held virtually this year.

Founded in 1974, the California Resource Recovery Association is the oldest and one of the largest non-profit recycling organizations in the United States. It is dedicated to achieving environmental sustainability in and beyond California through Zero Waste strategies including product stewardship, waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting. 

Sánchez is being honored for implementing the District’s food recycling pilot program, which includes the use of metal sporks and recycling of milk cartons. The pilot program was initiated by the Alisal USD Nutrition Services Department with the help of the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority after finding out that AUSD was already ahead of the curve by allowing students to take home some food with them. The program was set to be expanded to the rest of the school District before the closures due to the pandemic. When time comes, the program will serve as an example for the entire Monterey County. For a full report of how successful the program already is, click here.

KSBW reported on the program in February. You can watch the report here

Congratulations, Sanchez Hawks! You make the entire District #AlisalStrong #AlisalFuerte!