Sustainability Saturday: A Small Town's Food Recovery Challenge

Wellesley, MA's Program is Doable and Replicable!

October 1, 2020 |


Wellesley Food Recovery Challenge

Wellesley, MA
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Wellesley, Massachusetts’ Katharine Lee Bates Elementary School was the first K-12 school in New England to participate in the Food Recovery Challenge. After a group of volunteer parents conducted an assessment of all waste leaving the Bates School cafeteria, they created the Bates Cafeteria Waste Assessment report. These findings led the Bates school to implement a recycling and food recovery program, which includes the recycling of plastic, cardboard, paper, and aluminium products, the diversion of liquid waste to an anaerobic digestion facility, a share table, and the rescue of usable food for delivery to the Wellesley Food Pantry. The program has now spread to other elementary schools within the district.

Read more about the school’s efforts here:

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