LAcarGUY Revs up their Eco-engines with 2012-13 Trash-Free Lunch Challenge

August 10th, 2012 by

LAcarGUY is partnering with Grades of Green, a nonprofit organization based in the South Bay with the mission to inspire and empower students and the broader school community to care for the environment, to host the “Trash Free Lunch Challenge.” The challenge will encourage schools to focus on reducing lunchtime trash while educating students about the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. Students will be encouraged to bring lunches from home in reusable containers and to use other reusable items, such as stainless steel bottles and cloth napkins. Each school participating in the challenge will implement a lunch time sorting system where items that would normally be tossed into the trash will be sorted into the proper bins, such as recycle and compost. “We are thrilled to partner with Grades of Green to bring this exciting Challenge to schools in our communities” says Alisha Auringer, manager of the environment with LAcarGUY.


The four schools sponsored by LAcarGUY will compete against twelve other schools throughout the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles area during the 2012-2013 school year.

The first 16 schools to register for the challenge will receive:

  • An Eco-Consultation of the school resulting in an eco-consultation report.
  • A Training Day including a tour of the Puentes Hills Landfill hosted by Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.
  • An Eco-Prize Kit filled with raffle prizes such as Go Green Lunch Boxes, Neat-o reusable pouches, Ween Green snack containers, and a Street Surfing Wave Board.
  • A “Prep-Rally”  School Assembly to be held at their school where the Grades of Green team will educate and motivate students to reduce landfill waste and work hard to win the Trash Free Lunch Challenge!
  • An Eco-Tool Kit containing hand stamps, trivia cards, a raffle box and tickets, and laminated Grades of Green signs for the sorting system.

The Trash Free Lunch Challenge winning school will be announced the week before Earth Day 2013 and awarded a $1,000 Grand Prize during a school wide celebration. The 2nd place school will receive a $750 prize and 3rd place will be awarded $500.

In 2011-2012, schools who participated in the Trash Free Lunch Challenge reduced lunch time waste by an average of 71%, and  collectively diverted over 11,000 bags of waste, or 82.5 TONS of waste, from going to the landfill in one year.

For more information about the Trash Free Lunch Challenge and to sign up your school to participate, visit