Students won’t be seeing reusable silverware and dishware anytime soon in the local schools.
That’s because disposable silverware and trays are more cost effective than reusable dishware, according to New Hanover and Brunswick counties school officials.
“Disposable silverware is used in all schools because metal silverware is very easily thrown away, resulting in replacement costs,” Tina Ward, Brunswick County Schools’ child nutrition director, said.
Also, reusable trays are more costly to maintain and wash, according to Imer Smith, New Hanover County Schools’ child nutrition director.
“It is less expensive for the (department) to use disposal products because of costs associated with staffing, operating and maintaining dishwashing equipment,” she said.
The state health department requires all plastic trays be air dried.
New Hanover County’s district schools also use an EnviroFoam tray that is environmentally friendly, Smith said.
They cost about three cents per tray.
Date posted: May 3, 2011
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