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Richard Anthony Associates (RAA) and Zero Waste San Diego (ZWSD) has paired San Diego County’s mandatory recycling ordinance, the availability of monies provided by hauler permit fees and outside grant funds to bring classroom and cafeteria recycling to all four school districts, some rural and some urban, in unincorporated San Diego.
As everyone knows all school districts are not created equally. However, working with all levels of school administrators at each of the school districts RAA and ZWSD has developed a model program that was implemented at all schools in the four school districts and can be replicated at any school district.
Speakers on this panel will discuss the program’s tools (including posters, bin signage, incentive rewards and equipment for student helpers and/or custodial staff), how they overcame challenges and how the program elements can be replicated. They will also talk about how they are implementing food waste diversion in a region that does not have a food waste facility and how one high school teacher uses the recycling program as an opportunity to teach young adult students with learning challenges life skills and leadership skills while they also earn money.
Laura Anthony is a 2nd generation zero waste community organizer. Major: Women’s Studies Minor: Communications & Master’s in Library and Information Management. In 2007, helped establish a local nonprofit organization called Zero Waste San Diego. Zero Waste Consultant with Richard Anthony Associates. She has implemented several beverage container recycling programs in schools throughout Southern California. Helped put into action an school lunch recycling program throughout the County of San Diego diverting over half of each schools waste by volume per day.
The County of San Diego recently set a goal of 75% diversion by 2025. Over the past few years, Richard Anthony Associates and Zero Waste San Diego have created and implemented school recycling throughout the unincorporated San Diego County and are not putting School Lunch Recycling Programs into practice. Laura will go into detail on how they approached the district, the schools, and staff to incorporate a sorting system at each lunch period in order to cut the volume of waste in half. Equipment, signage and incentive programs were created with the help of hauler permit fees and grants from the Carton Council.
Kiana is the Transition teacher at Mount Miguel High School. In this role she has integrated students in the School's Special Education Transition Program into leadership rolls with the School's Rolling With Me program. This partnership empowers young adults with learning challenges and helps them gain job training, leadership skills, access to resources and social skills.
Dedicated to the promotion of understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of individual learning and physical ability directly from the perspective of individuals living with these challenges, Rolling With Me (RWM) programs empower participants to appreciate diversity and inclusion in our community while they also engage, educate, and empower participants of diverse ages and backgrounds. Kiana partnered RWM with Mount Miguel High School's Special Education Transition students. One of their projects was to implement the school recycling program. Establishing recycling programs in high schools is notoriously difficult but this partnership is a success. The partnership provides participants with leadership and social skills, networking opportunities and job training, while also making sure the recycling program is a success.
Tyla Montgomery Soylu provides planning, permitting, design and technical support for resource management projects. She is responsible for implementation of recycling, food recovery and organics programs at schools and businesses in Unincorporated areas under the County of San Diego’s As-Needed Recycling contracts as well as the City of Carlsbad. She is a registered Civil Engineer in CA and NV and earned her BS in Environmental Engineering from SDSU. Tyla serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization, Inika Small Earth.
The County of San Diego recently set a goal of 75% diversion by 2025. Organic materials can reach up to 50% of a school’s waste stream, when little or no action to divert the material is put into action. Tyla will discuss the County of San Diego’s initiative, "Food, Too Good to Waste!" in instilling the highest and best use of recovered food as well as creating onsite composting at school campuses. She will also mention the importance of creating relationships with food recovery partners such as animal sanctuaries’ and community food banks. These provide schools various avenues in which help divert organics to feed the people first, animals and then the soil.