pile-of-boxesRoughly 5,000 meals are made each day at the Food Service Center, the satellite kitchen for Pittsburgh Public Schools. That’s a lot of food! All of that food has to be delivered in boxes before it can be turned into meals and served to students. Do you ever wonder what happens to all of those boxes? WE RECYCLE!

cardboardThe Food Service Center is partnering with Gateway Recycling to accomplish this large task. The boxes from the Food Service Center are baled, which means they are squished down so that they take up less space (picture on the right). Gateway Recycling picks up the cardboard from the Food Service Center and from there it is recycled for new uses. Each pick up from the Food Service Center weighs about 3 tons.

For every 1 ton of cardboard the Food Service Center recycles, we save:

Reuse-Reduce-Recycle17 trees
7000 gallons of water
3 cubic yards of landfill space
4200 kilowatts of energy
410 gallons of fuel
60 pounds of air particles

We encourage you to recycle at home and at school.

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