Rather than end up in the landfills, we now separate our trash from our food when we are dismissed from the cafeteria. Food scraps gathered through this program are converted by a local company into clean burning fuel for local waste disposal trucks. Students can learn about recycling while benefiting their environment. A 2016 California Law (AB 1826) requires school districts to separate food scraps from trash. Here at American Lakes, we are happy to have piloted and implement this program. Since beginning this process in January 2016, we have diverted tens of thousands of pounds of food from the landfills. Click here to see the basic process we follow in our cafeteria. We hope that each student remembers to follow the process and continue our success in reducing our carbon footprint.