Plastic bag ban now in effect
Ordinances have started in Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and unincorporated Thurston County banning plastic carryout bags.
Learn more about these ordinances.
Waste-free lunches (external)
Washington Green Schools (external)
Food to Flowers helps schools in Thurston County set up systems to compost food waste and food-soiled paper from cafeterias, and to improve their overall waste reduction and recycling efforts. This includes working with school districts to design meal programs to be as waste-free as possible. For example, the program helps schools implement changes like replacing disposable plastic utensils with durable flatware, eliminating the use of straws, and replacing condiment packets with bulk dispensers.
Food to Flowers is available to both public and private elementary, middle, and high schools in Thurston County.
There are many benefits to launching a Food to Flowers program at your school. They include:
How it works
Thurston County can help your school launch and sustain a successful Food to Flowers program. We provide technical assistance and helpful supplies, including collection containers and signs.
Students at Food to Flowers schools sort their food and soiled paper leftovers into various bins for composting and recycling. The organic materials are then sent to Silver Springs Organics, a state-of-the-art commercial composting facility located in Thurston County. At Silver Springs, the food and paper scraps are composted into a nutrient-rich, natural soil amendment that will help grow new, healthy plants.
For more information
Call Peter Guttchen at (360) 867-2283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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