Case Studies

Schools that Ditched Disposables

We have compiled multiple case studies of K-12 schools that have successfully transitioned to healthier foodware options. Each school faced different challenges, but all were able to find a solution that benefited their students and saved money in the long run. More case studies are coming soon. We invite you to share your stories with us by emailing

Palo Alto Unified School District (CA) transitioned from single-use foodware to reusables in 12 elementary schools that served breakfast and lunch to upwards of 3,400 students using a centralized kitchen. Annually, Palo Alto Unified School District:

  • Saves $25,000
  • Uses 436,540 fewer disposable items
  • Prevents 8,152 pounds of waste

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District (NC) switched their polystyrene foam trays with compostable molded-fiber trays at all 18 of their schools. In the first year, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools:

  • Eliminated 777,000 plastic trays
  • Reduced cafeteria landfill waste by 87%

Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland, CA) has 1,156 students and was able to replace their single-use plates with reusable baskets without a dishwasher. Annually, Bishop O’Dowd:

  • Saves $6,459
  • Uses 100,212 fewer disposable items
  • Prevents 3,376 pounds of waste