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Conservation Initiatives

Through a partnership with the City of Bellevue we have joined the movement to reduce our impact on the environment.

Durable (Plastic) Trays

As of January 2023, all 16 of our elementary schools and 5 middle schools have transitioned to durable plastic trays.

Compostable Trays

During the 2019-20 school year, all 4 of our high schools and 2 choice secondary schools (Big Picture and International) transitioned from sytrofoam to compostable paper trays.

Reusable Silverware

As of January 2023, all 16 of our elementary schools have transitioned to the use of reusable, washable silverware instead of plastic “spork kits”. The elimination of spork kits additionally transitions us away from the use of plastic straws.

Compostable Silverware

All middle, high and choice secondary schools in the district transitioned to the use of compostable utensils instead of individually wrapped plastic utensils at the start of the 2022-23 school year.

Compostable Napkins

All schools in the district utilize compostable, recycle content napkins during meal services.

Food Share

Food Share is a program that prevents and minimizes food waste in school cafeterias by redirecting these valuable resources (unopened or packaged foods) to community food banks. The Food Share program, supporting HopeLink, resumed during the 2023-24 school year.

Waste Reduction Initiatives


Bellevue School District Nutrition Services is committed to reducing waste. In the past few years, the Department has phased out disposable plastic utensils, plastic straws and Styrofoam trays in partnership with City of Bellevue and a Washington State Department of Ecology grant.

All elementary schools use durable metal utensils instead of plastic utensils at breakfast and lunch!

More than 1.3 million plastic straws and 1.3 million plastic utensils are kept out of the landfill each year! 

About 6 tons of plastic waste is reduced each year by not using plastic utensils and straws. That is the same weight as as one orca whale.

Student quotes about why they like the reusable utensils at school:

  • "Helps to save our Earth"
  • "Just like home"
  • "They do not break"
  • "Reduces pollution"

All secondary schools use compostable utensils instead of disposable plastic utensils at breakfast and lunch!

THANK YOU to the amazing Bellevue School District staff that have made waste prevention a huge success including:
Nutrition Services staff, Custodial staff, Cafeteria staff, Office staff,  Administrative teams, Green Genius teams and teachers.

KUDOS to Bellevue’s students!

Download the 2023 Bellevue School District Waste Reduction Update Infographic (PDF)