Malabon begins cafeteria composting!

All Malabon students are learning how to compost their food in the cafeteria! All of their uneaten food goes into the green, Love Food, Not Waste bin, to be made into compost later. All other items go in the garbage. Students have been trained by their teachers and are continuing to help one another out in the cafeteria as well. Hats off to Malabon students and staff for taking on this valuable project!

Carton to Garden Contest

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Carton2garden contest
Spring 2018 Contest

Show us your students’ creativity by re-purposing milk and juice cartons from your school cafeteria to either build or enhance your school garden. Educators can engage students in a hands-on experience creating teachable moments on environmental stewardship, sustainable packaging and healthy living.

The best use of cartons in a school garden gives your school the chance to win one of 14 prizes with a grand prize valued at $5,000.

We can’t wait to see your students’ creations—carton planters, garden art, scarecrows, window boxes, irrigation systems… The more creative, the better!

Important dates:
  • Beginning of School > Start collecting your cartons
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 > Entries due
  • Friday, May 4, 2018 > Winners announced


Get started on the right foot. Assign a classroom, teacher, or student team to be in charge of the project and start gathering cartons (suggestions: an art class, a home room, etc.). Have students draw up sketches of their ideas, then vote as a group on which one to make. Collect at least 100 cartons to use in your garden creation. Then gather materials, assign tasks, make it, nurture it and enjoy a growing learning experience together!

Fourteen (14) schools with the most unique carton creations will be selected on Friday, May 4, 2018 to win award packages. One school will win the grand prize, valued at $5,000. Three (3) schools will win Specialty prizes (STEM, Sustainability, and Heath & Nutrition), valued at $2,500. Ten (10) schools – five (5) elementary and five (5) middle/high – will win prizes valued at $1,000. All schools that submit a completed entry form will receive a copy of Steps to a Bountiful Kids Garden book

Seasoned Composters!


Irving Elementary is in their second year of cafeteria composting and it shows! Students are very conscientious about emptying food and garbage in the correct spot! There is always someone to lend a helping hand if someone is confused about where something should go. 5th graders happily empty the compost bins at the end of lunch. Custodian, Trever Williams says, “Soon this will not be new for anyone, it will just be a part of school culture.”

LFNW: All Bethel schools on board!!


2017 is a big year for Bethel schools! Fairfield and Malabon have joined the rest of our schools with their participation in Love Food, Not Waste, a program that involves composting kitchen and cafeteria food waste. Deveron Musgrave from the Recycling and Solid Waste Department of Eugene recently trained Malabon teachers who will then train their students on how to compost in the cafeteria. Currently, Meadow View, Prairie Mountain, Fairfield, and Danebo compost in the kitchen, while Cascade, Clear Lake, Irving, Kalapuya, Willamette (and soon Malabon), compost in the cafeteria AND kitchen!  Bethel is definitely “greening” things up!

Students become monster re-users!





Red Rex is making his rounds again this year, delivering his message about the importance of re-use and reducing our waste. All first grade participants receive a free water bottle from the EWEB and Waste Reduction grants through the City of Eugene. Students will receive monster stickers when caught re-using their water bottle and all of those who still have it at the end of the year will get an even bigger reward! Stay tuned!


Take the pledge!!

America Recycles Day

The national recycle rate has increased over the years, but you and your class can help it continue to grow! Sign up and take the pledge for “America Recycles Day” on November 15th.

Recycle=Earn Money!!!

Did you know you can set up a school-wide program to recycle certain items and earn money while doing it?

TerraCycle collects specific waste items, many of which are commonly found in schools, and upcycles them into new products like backpacks and shoes. Collection “brigades” are paid by TerraCycle for each item collected, and the funds can be kept by your school for programs, or donated to a nonprofit organization of your school community’s choosing. You can divert typical garbage items like chip bags, Capri Sun pouches, energy bar wrappers, and more – plus your students will be engaged and have more awareness of the impacts of single-use disposables!

Fix it Fairs

Do you have something at home that needs fixing? Don’t throw it away–save our landfill and come to the Fix it Fair on September 23rd between 1 and 4 at the downtown library, offered by the City of Eugene’s, Waste Prevention and Green Building department. Click below for more information!

Fix it Fairs 

Operation Food Rescue

Come join the fun—and free food! Operation: Food Rescue is an event to highlight the issues around our global food waste epidemic and to draw awareness to food that is wasted throughout the supply chain. This event is an effort to bring people and organizations spanning many sectors together to showcase the simple and fun solutions to reducing food waste at home. Join in at the west Park Blocks Downtown from 6-8pm on Friday, September 8th.

The event will feature speakers focusing on a variety of perspectives in food waste and sustainability. Speakers include:

Charlie Tilt, owner of Hummingbird Wholesale

Stephen Wooten, Program Director of UO Food Studies

Allie Breyer, Waste Prevention Analyst from the City of Eugene Waste Prevention and Green Building Program.

Additionally, Operation: Food Rescue will include a free community meal with a sampling of dishes made from ingredients that would have otherwise been thrown away. One of the main reasons tons of perfectly edible food end up in landfills is because they’re not considered pretty enough to sell. Food is first-come, first-served to limit food waste!

Partners for the event include:
Party Downtown
Organically Grown Company
Organic Redneck
Ambrosia Farm
The Bread Stop Bakery
Pasta Gardner

Operation: Food Rescue is also excited to partner with WildCraft Cider Works for this event for a cider garden to relax in while you enjoy food and hear from speakers!

You can also expect to see Willamette Farm & Food Coalition, FOOD For Lane County, and Mountain Rose Herbs to learn more about their work in sustainability around food in our community as well as learn more about how you can prevent food waste from the Love Food Not Waste Veggie Mob.

This event is FREE and family-friendly with games and a fun photo booth!

Special thanks to Cultural Services, City of Eugene for help making this event a reality, and to Lane County Waste Management for helping to make this event zero-waste with durable dishware!

Want to learn more or get involved? Contact Allie Breyer, at 541-682-5224 or

To sign-up to volunteer:

Got Binders? They can be recycled!

Binders are notoriously difficult to recycle, but now TerraCycle, Office Depot and OfficeMax stores are offering free binder recycling drop-off. There is no registration required — simply drop off your old binders at a participating location. TerraCycle will deconstruct the binders and ensure the metal, cardboard and plastics are recycled.