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Posted on: November 10, 2021

Food scrap collection reinstated across Watsonville schools

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City staff train personnel from each school

The City’s Green Schools Program has reinstated its food scrap collection at schools across Watsonville. 

City staff train personnel from each school and build student-led “Green Teams.” 

The City and schools from the Pajaro Valley Unified School Districts then work together to establish successful reduction programs to improve recycling, limit waste, reduce litter, and even collect food scraps to be turned into compost. 

“My prize is helping kids do the right thing- to recycle instead of making trash- to be responsible for our own trash,” said a student from Radcliff Elementary School.  

A single school can produce 60 pounds of food scraps at every meal, so collection at 18 schools helps reduce greenhouse gases emitted from plant waste in the landfield. 

Soon, Watsonville residents will follow the footsteps of our schools by separating their food scraps from the trash. 


El Programa de Escuelas Verdes de la Ciudad ha restablecido la recolección de desperdicios de comida en las escuelas de Watsonville.

El personal de la Ciudad capacita al personal escolar y forma "Equipos Verdes" dirigidos por los estudiantes.

La Ciudad y escuelas del Distrito Escolar del Valle de Pájaro trabajan para establecer programas exitosos de reducción de basura para mejorar el reciclaje, limitar el desperdicio de comida, reducir la basura e incluso recolectar los desechos de comida para convertirlos en abono.

“Mi premio es ayudar a los niños a hacer lo correcto, reciclar en lugar de hacer basura, ser responsables de nuestra propia basura,” explicó un estudiante de la primaria Radcliff. 

Una sola escuela puede producir 60 libras de desechos de comida en cada comida, por lo que la recolección en 18 escuelas ayuda a reducir los gases de efecto invernadero emitidos por los desechos de plantas en el basurero. 

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