How it all started:
In March of 2010 The Department of Education (DoE) replaced Styrofoam trays with paper boats in all NYC school cafeterias on all Tuesdays. The Tuesday menu changed as well. SchoolFood serves only non-saucy foods, like sandwiches on this day to help keep the paper boats clean enough to be acceptable for recycling. Many schools are now using the paper boats on Fridays (for pizza) and for all breakfast meals.
The paper boats used on Trayless Tuesdays are recyclable if they are "clean and dry." If the boats are covered in ketchup, or other food waste, they should be put into the landfill trash bin. Recycled Paper Boats go into the bins marked "paper" or, in the "green" bin.
To date, our efforts have resulted in reducing styrofoam tray use by 20% in all 1700 NYC public schools! Since March 2010, almost 70 MILLION FEWER styrofoam trays have been used in NYC public schools!
Paper boats at your school
If your school is not using paper boats on these other days, you can arrange a meeting with your SchoolFood Cafeteria Manager (every school has one and they are in your cafeteria on a regular basis) and request for this change. Ask your principal for support. Go to a Wellness committee meeting at your school. If your school does not have a Wellness Committee, please start one! This is a great way to make positive and healthy change in your cafeteria.
Please Flip, Tap, Stack all of your paper boats. Check out the Tool Box for resources that will teach students how to Flip, Tap, Stack in their schools.