News Flash

SWACO News

Posted on: February 25, 2019

SWACO Receives National Grant to Implement "Food Waste Warrior" Curriculum

Some students in Franklin County are learning about food waste and ways they can reduce it, thanks to a grant from SWACO and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

WWF CurriculumIn October 2018, SWACO was one of nine recipients across the U.S. to receive a grant from WWF to pilot its Food Waste Warrior curriculum in kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms. SWACO is working in partnership with Food Rescue US, and the Kroger Co. Foundation to pilot the curriculum at four Columbus City Schools. This opportunity was pursued as part of the Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative that was launched late last year.

The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that approximately one-third of all food is wasted across the supply chain and while research has shown that the quantity of food wasted by children is less than the rest of the U.S. population, there are many ways schools can reduce food waste and teach students about the impact it has on the environment and in their community.

WWF’s Food Waste Warrior program aims to reduce food waste in schools, increase awareness about the problem of food waste, collect accurate data on food waste reduction and diversion efforts, and align the program’s curriculum with existing state educational standards.

The pilot curriculum takes a prevention-first approach to managing food loss and waste. It also addresses recovering and donating safe, excess food to those in need and advocates for diversion of food from landfills through composting, vermicomposting, anaerobic digestion and other nutrient recycling and recovery efforts.

Piloting these efforts with our partners will contribute to new resources and programs that will be offered to schools throughout Franklin County to help reduce, rescue, and recycle food waste. In addition to the WWF grant, SWACO provided a Community Waste Reduction Grant to CCS to help further implement food waste reduction activities through the year. 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in SWACO News

Conquering Columbus Featuring SWACO

Posted on: January 28, 2019

Recycle Right: Plastic Recycling

Posted on: January 28, 2019

Recycle Right: National Recycling Day

Posted on: November 15, 2018

Transfer Station Changes Enhance Safety

Posted on: December 10, 2018

America Recycles Day

Posted on: November 15, 2018

Turn Your Yard Waste into Compost

Posted on: July 19, 2018

Manage Yard Waste the Right Way

Posted on: June 5, 2018

2017 Fall Diversion Events a Success

Posted on: January 26, 2018

New Management Team Members Join SWACO

Posted on: January 26, 2018

Executive Director Fall Update: Ty Marsh

Posted on: October 16, 2017

Fall Back...Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Posted on: October 17, 2017

Waste and Recycling Haulers Update

Posted on: October 17, 2017

Regional and National Recognitions

Posted on: October 17, 2017

Take Waste Out of the Environment

Posted on: October 17, 2017

Profile of a Future-Focused Mom

Posted on: October 17, 2017

Road Debris is Endangering Ohioans

Posted on: October 17, 2017

Safety at SWACO Transfer Stations

Posted on: October 17, 2017

Safety at the Landfill

Posted on: October 17, 2017

Special Waste Disposal Requirements

Posted on: October 17, 2017

New Wheel Wash - Now in Operation

Posted on: October 17, 2017

New Recycling and Reuse Search Tool

Posted on: July 17, 2017

Crimes Task Force Has Impact

Posted on: July 18, 2017

New Business Recycling Focus

Posted on: July 17, 2017

Earth Day

Posted on: April 5, 2017

Earth Week in Columbus

Posted on: April 5, 2017

It's Spring!

Posted on: April 5, 2017