MANHATTAN — City schools will begin to phase out Styrofoam lunch trays this month in favor of eco-friendly compostable ones, the Department of Education is expected to announce Wednesday. All schools are expected to have the new trays for 850,000 daily meals by September, according to a newsletter from GrowNYC, which runs city greenmarkets and does outreach to schools about the city's compost program. In making the switch, environmental advocates hope it will not only be healthier for the city's more than 1 million public school students — since polystyrene used in foam trays is listed as a "possible" human carcinogen by the Environmental... More than 700 city schools — including all in Manhattan and Staten Island — now participate in the city's organics collection program for food scraps and other materials that can be turned into compost or processed into natural gas. But when the Department of Sanitation audited the 358 schools that participated during the 2013 school year, it found that contamination — when the "wrong" material ends up in the organics bin, such as foam trays, plastic containers, cutlery and... The organics collected in Staten Island had contamination rates of 14 percent, in Manhattan it was 7 percent and in Brooklyn it was 3. 6 percent, according to the audit. Composting facilities reported anecdotally that organics collections from schools had contamination rates of 50 percent or more and sometimes looked "virtually indistinguishable" from regular trash, the report noted. "DOE schools receiving organics collection service are required to participate, whether or not they want to, which could be a cause of high levels of contamination in the organics loads set out for DSNY collection," the Sanitation Department's... "Feedback from DOE confirms that the most successful schools use student 'green teams' to monitor cafeteria sorting stations," it continued. "However, getting students to sort their waste in the cafeteria remains a heavy lift in the majority of schools. The DOE did not immediately respond to request for comment. "It's really gigantic that New York City is doing this," said public school mom Debby Lee Cohen, who co-founded Cafeteria Culture , which is piloting a program to. Source: www.dnainfo.com
The little house on Prairie Road in New Lenox — which a year ago had been falling down and in danger of being condemned — now looks brand-new. With sage-colored siding, white trim and a wreath hanging on the front door, it stood proudly Saturday amid a throng of neighbors and well-wishers gathered in the front yard. "Here they come. " someone called. A shiny black SUV pulled up in the street. A door opened and three elderly brothers slowly stepped out and blinked at the people, the cameras and the sight of their rebuilt home. "Welcome home, boys. " someone called, and the crowd erupted into applause and cheers. Don, Lawrence and Ray Sabec — ages 81, 77 and 67, respectively — had lived in the house since 1946. All had worked in low-paying jobs. one was a lawn worker, another a janitor and a third a telephone solicitor. As years passed, their home had become increasingly dilapidated, with faulty heat, rotting floors and holes in the walls. Will County officials warned last year that the place could be condemned. The brothers seemed destined to lose the house, until a friend, Bill Frederiksen, 66, began contacting community groups for help. The result was a stunning mobilization that began Aug. 1 and brought together contractors, churches and regular folks for an emergency gut rehab. Donations of labor, cash and materials poured in. After a story ran in the Tribune last week, someone contributed a washer-dryer and a refrigerator. A man from Naperville sent $1,000. The effort culminated Saturday, when the brothers — who had been staying rent-free at a nearby house — finally returned to their home. They seemed overwhelmed as they walked down their gravel driveway flanked with smiling, clapping volunteers. A microphone had been set up by the front door. Ray, the youngest, stepped forward to thank the crowd. His eyes filled with tears and his voice trembled with emotion. "These guys didn't just rebuild our house," he said. "They helped rebuild our lives. Gary Cheney, who had organized the effort through a group called ShareFest, handed each brother a set of keys. A ribbon was cut and then the brothers stepped inside their home. "Oh boy," said Lawrence, leaning on a cane and wiping away a tear as he entered the living room. Blue curtains hung in the windows and a TV rested above the fireplace mantel. All through the house, every room was beautifully furnished. Source: www.chicagotribune.com
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But when the Department of Sanitation audited the 358 schools that participated during the 2013 school year, it found that contamination — when the "wrong" material ends up in the organics bin, such as foam trays, plastic containers, cutlery and
Rob Lach of Operation Nehemiah, left, welcomes, from left, Lawrence Sabec and his brothers, Don and Ray, to their newly restored home in New Lenox on Saturday. (Abel Uribe Lawrence opened a kitchen drawer to find a full set of cutlery. "Well, would
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