Updated 03/16/2010 06:31 PM
Trayless Tuesdays Program Kicks Off In City Schools
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A new Department of Education pilot program aimed at making school lunches more environmentally-friendly debuted today.
Every Tuesday, students in all city schools will take part in Trayless Tuesdays, where they will be served lunch in biodegradable paper containers known as "boats," instead of on Styrofoam trays. The boats can hold a sandwich, a piece of fruit, and a salad.
DOE officials say this change would keep 2.4 million Styrofoam trays out of landfills every month.
"It's another level of raising awareness, environmental awareness for our students,” said New Horizons Principal Deanna Diable. “Hopefully it will catch on, and it will be a five day a week thing."
Beginning April 13th, the program will be expanded to include breakfast.