Stop Using Styrofoam Trays
  • Petitioned Gwinnett County Board of Education

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Gwinnett County Board of Education

Stop Using Styrofoam Trays

    1. Beth Remmes
    2. Petition by

      Beth Remmes

      Lilburn, GA

We respectfully request the Gwinnett Board of Education to ask the cafeteria to stop using Styrofoam trays. The reasons for doing this are as follows: 

1- Gwinnett Public Schools currently serve about 150,000 lunches a day on polystyrene foam (also known as Styrofoam). These are made from non-renewable resources, such as petroleum, and are not biodegradable. With over 200 school days during the year, this adds up to 30 million foam trays in the landfill each year, and since they do not decompose easily, they will still be there 500 years from now.

2- The polystyrene manufacturing process is the fifth largest creator of hazardous waste in the United States. In the product manufacturing process as well as the use and disposal of the products, energy consumption, greenhouse gas effect, and total environmental effect, polystyrene’s environmental impacts were second highest, behind aluminum.

3- Due to the ratio of the cost of transit to volume of material, the recycling of polystyrene foam food service ware has proven to not be an economically viable alternative.

4- Polystyrene contains the toxic substances Styrene and Benzene, suspected carcinogens and neurotoxins that are hazardous to humans.

5-There is a growing trend of cities, towns, and school districts nationwide that have banned polystyrene food packaging. Gwinnett is already a leader in nutrition standards and implementing programs like Farm-to-School. Let’s also be a leader when it comes to how the meals are served.

Reusable tableware is healthier for kids and better for the environment. If durable and washable dishware is not feasible, we recommend asking your supplier to offer an affordable, biodegradable or compostable alternative.

Please help us to teach our children not to trash their future.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Betsy Pepper MONTGOMERY, AL
      • over 1 year ago

      Because they could recyle them as buoys in lakes and I'm sure the so-called scientists could find MANY wasy to recycle it!

    • michelle register DECATUR, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      I started the recycling program at Oak Grove Elementary in DeKalb and I'm going to hosting a meeting with Keep Dekalb Beautiful and DART Recycling, located in Lilburn. It's a step - I'd rather not have the trays, but if we can't get rid of them, let's recycle them! Email me for more information or if you would like to be invited to the meeting.

      Also - check out

      NYC and LA are also interested in combining their purchasing power. If ATL would reach out to these two cities, we could really make a huge impact!

    • Julie Brady LAWRENCEVILLE, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      I believe we have a stewardship responsibility for this Earth and to the future generations who will inherit what we did with it.

      • over 1 year ago

      One More Generation (OMG) founders Carter (age 11.5) and his sister Olivia (age 10) started their own nonprofit back in 2009 in an effort to help clean up our environment. They also started a petition to ask Chick-fil-A to stop using Styrofoam. Please also consider signing as well:

      Thanks for caring from all of us at OMG ;-)

    • michelle register DECATUR, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      Styrofoam is BANNED in some cities in the US. Atlanta metro needs to wake up and step up to the plate. It's time to rid our planet of this destructive substance. Cheap is not always better! CHANGE IS NOW.


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