Kroger Compost Pilot

Urban Green Lab and Kroger’s Nashville headquarters piloted food waste composting service for Metro Nashville Public Schools in Spring 2019. Building off the school food waste pilot by the World Wildlife Fund, UGL and Kroger teamed up with Compost Nashville to investigate the barriers and opportunities around composting food waste in MNPS. Westmeade Elementary, Warner Elementary, and H.G. Hill Middle participated in the pilot, which included training for teachers, cafeteria managers, and custodial staff.

Over 9 weeks the three schools diverted 8,259 pounds of waste from the landfill by sending it to be composted. This included food waste and paper lunch trays. Over 800 pounds of food was rescued and given to students to take home or donated to the Nashville community.

Westmeade and H.G. Hill are working to continue the food rescue and recycling efforts by partnering with Compost Nashville and Society of St. Andrew. To find out how you can help support these efforts, contact Society of St. Andrew at tennessee@endhunger.org.

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