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December, 2014
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Changes at Thurston County Superior Court

(More) Changes at Thurston County Superior Court

County Benefits from “JBLM Day of Service”

It’s official!

Health Systems Doing a Good Job of Tracking Illnesses

Families Welcome New Members

Perfection is Reality for County Waste Water Treatment Plant

Less Leftovers, More Joy

The Klondike Kings and the telegraph to nowhere

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 Thurston County’s Food to Flowers Program.

Fostering sustainability by reducing, recycling and composting school waste.

Food to Flowers, Thurston County’s school composting program, helps schools reduce waste, helps cash-strapped school districts save money, and helps students to learn how to become more responsible citizens and environmental stewards.

Below are some fun facts that illustrate how the Food to Flowers program is making Thurston County a more sustainable place to live.

Composting and recycling Each year, the 19 schools and more than 9,000 students participating in the Food to Flowers program are diverting more than 150 tons of food waste, soiled paper and recyclables from the landfill to be composted or remanufactured into new products.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions Food to Flowers schools are collectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions by almost 100 metric tons per year. That’s the same as taking 21 cars off of the road for a year or the annual amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by 82 acres fir forest.

Eliminating disposables Six schools participating in Thurston County’s Food to Flowers program have switched from using spork kits (a plastic spork, straw and napkin in a bag) to using durable silverware. By making this change, they are keeping 353,500 spork kits from entering the waste stream each school year.

Thanks to all of the Food to Flowers schools for their efforts to prevent waste and foster environmental stewardship. For more information about Food to Flowers, contact Peter Guttchen at 867-2283 or at

By Peter Guttchen

Cutting down on non-recylcable waste. Cutting down on non-recylcable waste.