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Local school district implements 'zero waste' policy

August 01, 2018 07:32 AM

A local school district is taking a big step when it comes to trash.

The Hilton Central School District will now recycle, reuse, or compost at least 80 percent of all supplies and waste. The goal is to save money and save the environment.

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If you look in a dumpster behind a school, chances are you'll find wasted food, school supplies, and more. Earlier this week, a lot of News10NBC's viewers were fired up about books thrown away in dumpsters in Greece and Spencerport.

Under the zero waste initiative, this would not happen in Hilton schools. To launch the program, the district formed the Green Team, a recycling committee made up of staff and students.

District officials have also hired Impact Earth, a local zero waste solutions provider to implement a plan for waste reduction.

Zero waste represents a complete life cycle of resources that no resources are discarded, and all resources are repurposed.

"The district is very excited to take the next step in making an impact in our community by working toward supporting the development of future sustainably-minded generations that take care of our earth," said Superintendent Dr. Casey Kosiorek.

The focus will begin in the cafeteria where Cassidy Putney, co-founder of Impact Earth, says a lot of waste is usually generated.

"We're being more mindful, they start adjusting their procurement so they aren't buying as much," Putney said. "Additionally, we're starting to do no plastic bags in the cafeteria so they save money not purchasing those big black bags. While the costs are not immediate for savings, it comes over time"

News10NBC reached out to officials at Hilton Central School District to find out exactly how much this will cost taxpayers, but we have yet to hear back.

The Brighton Central School District has also implemented a zero waste initiative.

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