Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sharing Tables in Brevard Schools

Good news from Brevard Public Schools (BPS): The office of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is encouraging schools to establish sharing tables as a means to minimize food waste generated in school cafeterias.

In a memo sent to principals in November 2017, BPS Food and Nutrition Services Director Kevin Thornton lays out the guidelines schools must follow in order to establish sharing tables for "unopened, pre-packaged, whole food or beverage items that [children] choose not to consume" so students may share those items with other children who would like additional servings.

By adhering to the guidelines, schools should be able to reduce food waste while still maintaining the level of safety necessary in school cafeterias.

Sharing table items not consumed by students may be donated to non-profit organizations, thus making a positive impact in our communities as well.

Sharing tables seem to be a win-win way to deal with leftovers from school cafeterias -- instead of heading to the landfill, leftovers will help fill up extra tummies!

If your school would like to establish a sharing table, the first step is to review the official guidelines and then contact FNS at 321-633-1000 ext. 690

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Reusable Items you may Donate or Find in our Facility

Here are some reusable items you can FIND in our facility. Use this list as an example of items you may DONATE for reuse:

  •  artificial flowers,
  •  bags/purses,
  •  baskets,
  •  binders,
  •  bottle caps,
  •  bows,
  •  buckets,
  •  button,
  •  calendars,
  •  CDs/DVDs,
  •  children's books,
  •  corks,
  •  corner protectors,
  •  costumes,
  •  craft books,
  •  craft material,
  •  cups,
  •  egg cartons,
  •  envelopes,
  •  fabric,
  •  felt,
  •  glass jars,
  •  glass/plastic bottles,
  •  glue,
  •  greeting cards,
  •  hangers,
  •  hanging folders,
  •  Ink cartridges,
  •  keys,
  •  labels,
  •  light bulbs,
  •  magazines,
  •  manila folders,
  •  metal/plastic containers,
  •  milk/water/juice jugs,
  •  newspapers,
  •  office organizers,
  •  paper tubes,
  •  picture frames,
  •  pine cones,
  •  postcards,
  •  potpourri,
  •  printable cards,
  •  ribbons,
  •  scrapbooking albums/pages/paper,
  •  shells,
  •  shoeboxes,
  •  stencils,
  •  stickers,
  •  toilet paper core,
  •  Toner,
  •  toys/games,
  •  transparency paper,
  •  variety of plastics,
  •  wooden/paper/metal boxes,
  •  yarn,
 and MORE!

Our space is limited so we CANNOT TAKE LARGE ITEMS like sofas, tables, TVs, desks, etc. We DO NOT accept ELECTRONICS or BATTERIES either. For those, please consider taking them to one of the local organizations, like the  Sharing Center of Central Brevard​,  Best Buy​,  Lowe's​ or Batteries Plus Bulbs​.

We also accept specific types of HARD-TO-RECYCLE MATERIALS for recycling though TerraCycle​ to help divert as much as possible from the landfills. The list of what we currently collect is on our  TerraCycle page.

If you would like to donate FULL INK cartridges, our printer model is HP OfficeJet Pro 6970 (Black or color). Printer paper for our office is always welcome as well.

Contact us if you would like to donate an item that you are not sure if would fit in the categories listed here. We will be happy to let you know if we can accept it. THANK YOU for your support!

Recycle Brevard!