Waste Free=Shrinking garbage




Clear Lake and Irving Elementary recently hosted waste free lunches in honor of Earth Day on April 26th and April 27th. Students who brought lunch from home were encouraged to use re-usable containers and bring items with little to no packaging. Those eating hot lunch used real silverware and composted anything they didn’t eat. Wouldn’t it be great if every day were waste-free?

Reduce First!



Meadow View 4th graders participated in a week long unit, entitled, “I can make a difference”. They learned about reducing waste by learning about packaging and wants vs. needs. They then learned about how to re-use items, buy items made from recycled products and recycle those items that can be recycled. In the culminating lesson, students designed their own poster showing what can and cannot be recyled, to post at home above their recycle bin. These students are learning to be earth-conscious in preparation for their future.

Coming soon: Waste free lunch!


Thanks to Irving 4th graders in Mrs. Moss’s and Ms. Cacan’s class, many posters were designed to educate the school about the upcoming waste free lunch day. A letter went home to parents and announcements were made to inform everyone about how they can help to reduce waste! Waste Free Wednesday will be held at Clear Lake on April 26th and Irving will host it on Thursday April 27th. Bring re-usable containers, use real silverware, and eat your food!!

1st graders learn to re-use

Many first graders in Bethel schools are receiving free water bottles again this  year with one challenge in mind: Who can use their same water bottle all year long?
This project, entitled, “Be a Monster Re-user”, funded by the City of Eugene Waste Reduction grant along with EWEB attempts to teach youngsters about the importance of re-use. Students learn about the downside of plastic water bottles that often end up in the trash and are educated about how to look for other items they can re-use at home before throwing away. The first graders are rewarded with stickers and small prizes for using their bottles and will earn a larger reward if they are still using it at the end of the year!

Students begin composting


Irving school wasted no time in teaching their students how to compost for the “Love Food Not Waste” program created by the City of Eugene’s Recycling and Solid Waste Department. Teachers were trained in the program and shortly thereafter, they took their class to the cafeteria to show students the proper way to dispose of leftover food and garbage. The children are very conscientious about doing it correctly, hence very few mistakes are made.

Each day at the end of the lunch hour, 4th and 5th grade students dump all of the compost into the larger bin for Royal Refuse to pick up later in the week. Thank you to Irving School for being the first school to attempt this in the elementary lunchroom. Currently, Shasta Middle School students compost their lunch waste as well.

Another school aboard-LFNW!


Welcome Irving Elementary! Thanks to a training on September 16 by Deveron Musgrave, the City of Eugene Waste Prevention and Green Building Program Coordinator, teachers are now ready and excited to train their students in the Love Food Not Waste Program. The children will be sorting out their food waste into a bin for composting prior to throwing out their remaining garbage.

Bethel now has nine schools participating in the Love Food Not Waste program in some form or another. Many schools divert the food scraps in the kitchen to the special bin, while other schools have taken on the challenge of involving students in the sorting as well. If your school is interested in coming aboard, please email Cathy Bechen at cathy.bechen@bethel.k12.or.us.

Monster Re-Users!



First graders in Vivian Ewing and Tami Wold’s classes at Clear Lake Elementary were given a challenge in October. They learned about the problems with plastic water bottles in a short presentation delivered by Red Rex, the Monster Re-user. They were then given a stainless steel water bottle, donated by EWEB, and were challenged to use and keep it all year long. Over twenty children in the two classes were still carrying their water bottles in June and were rewarded with a re-usable swim bag stuffed with goodies. Not only were they thrilled with their prize, but they were very excited that Red Rex made one last appearance! Great job to all of these responsible first graders!

4th graders make a difference



Meadow View fourth graders had the opportunity to share what they learned during their, “I can make a difference”unit made possible by a waste reduction grant from the city of Eugene. During the powerpoint presentation, students shared posters they had made discussing things such as, “where does our trash go, needs vs. wants, packaging, re-purposing, recycling and composting”. The audience consisted of employees of the Waste Prevention and Green Building Department, teachers, students, Mayor Kitty Piercy and many parents. These students gave an impressive presentation and were able to answer the audience’s questions with knowledge and poise!

4th graders learn to reduce waste

me waste audit


To begin their unit entitled, “I can make a difference”, all 4th grades at Meadow View School conducted a classroom waste audit. Their garbage was saved for several days, and then gloved and ready, students sorted and weighed their garbage. Upon learning more about reducing, reusing, recycling and composting, students will conduct a second audit to see if their education has impacted their actions!

Same water bottle, different day

girls with bottles


The first graders at Clear Lake Elementary are still using the water bottles they were given in the fall. After a short lesson on the problems with plastic water bottles, delivered by Red Rex the Monster Re-user, students were given their very own stainless steel water bottle donated by EWEB. Surprise visits were made and stickers were given to each child using their bottle. At the end of June, all students who continue to use this bottle will earn a prize delivered by Red Rex himself.