Staff from Peninsula Sanitary Service, Inc./Stanford Recycling Center hosted a Zero-Waste Assembly for 300 students at Nixon Elementary to teach them how to minimize waste and properly sort common items to help keep the school clean. The assembly, which included a presentation and interactive skits, served as the kickoff for Nixon’s Waste Monitor Program.

The Waste Monitor Program engaged students in grades one through five to monitor the waste bins during lunchtime. Student volunteers helped to educate their peers on the proper ways to sort waste at the school, allowing them to directly affect the diversion rate at the point of entry. More than 30 students volunteered their lunch hours to participate in this project and help minimize waste production at the school. Nixon is one of two elementary schools on campus, and both have composting programs. Representatives also held a zero-waste training with more than 60 students from the second school, Escondido Elementary, in January 2015.