School Attempts 'Zero Waste Thanksgiving' Feast


ATLANTA (AP) -- Imagine cooking a Thanksgiving meal for 1,000 people and producing just one small bag of trash.

Impossible, right?

Not for the students, parents and teachers at Atlanta's Paideia School--they celebrated the private school's third annual "Zero Waste Thanksgiving" feast.

Thursday was the closest the students have ever come to their goal of sending nothing to the landfill.

This year the only trash was a zipper-top bag containing latex gloves used by food servers and little decorative plastic turkeys someone stuck on top of the cupcakes.

Last year, the group produced seven bags of trash and the year before that it was 100 bags.

The secret this year was finding plates, cups, utensils and garbage bags made from sugar cane and corn, which can be composted. Everything else was recycled.

They hauled the 50 bags of composting to a food-waste composting operation in Barnesville, about 50 miles south of Atlanta.

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