Paper trays replace foam at LA schools

Effort initiated by sixth-grade students.

Aug. 24—Lunch items in the Los Angeles Unified School District have gone through a lot of changes in recent year but the plastic foam tray that carried the food survived for decades.

That changed too earlier this month, when the foam was switched out for recyclable paper trays at all district schools.

District and city leaders made it official during a Thursday lunch-hour announcement at Thomas Starr King Middle School in Los Feliz, where two years ago the activism of some sixth-graders kicked off the effort to ban plastic foam trays.