Food to Flowers - Food Waste Composting Program

  • Garbage cans and composting cans. Lakes Elementary has initiated and coordinated the Food to Flowers Program!

    At Lakes, our students compost each day.

    We are composting over ten tons of food waste every year!

    The Food to Flowers Program 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.