Calif. schools compete in Trash-Free Lunch Challenge

Schools challenged to reduce waste by 70%.

Nov. 5—Three Redondo Beach schools will be among 16 Los Angeles area schools that will have a big assignment this school year—to cut their lunchtime trash by 70%. They will compete in the county's second annual Trash-Free Lunch Challenge, a contest that rewards schools for reducing lunchtime trash.

The Redondo Beach Unified School District campuses competing include Beryl Heights Elementary, Birney Elementary and Washington Elementary.

The competition, sponsored by the Sanitation Districts of L.A. County (Sanitation Districts), and created by the environmental non-profit group Grades of Green, teaches kids how to reduce trash by switching to reusable lunch containers and water bottles with cloth napkins.

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