EDINA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
NORMANDALE ELEMENTARY (FRENCH IMMERSION)
Grades: K – 5 Student Enrollment: ~ 600
Program Rollout Date: September 4, 2007
No. of Recycling Stations In Cafeteria: 2 locations. One for K – 3, the other for 4th & 5th grades (see
Organics Trash Recyclables Kitchen/Serving Area
Exit Hallway to
Recycling Station Characteristics: 1 5-gal. pail with mesh cover for liquids (white)
1 32-gal. Brute container for recyclables (blue)
1 32-gal. Brute container for trash (red)
1 32-gal. Brute container for organics (grey)
Aluminum serving cart for stacking trays (K – 3). The 4th & 5th
grade station has dish room counter for stacking trays)
Postscript: Since visiting this school the K – 3 recycling
station has been moved against the wall on the backside of
the elevator (where the 4 tables are shown on the diagram).
Signage/Posters: Pictured labels on containers and pictured posters on wall behind containers
(descriptive words in French).
Types of Serving Trays/Eating Utensils: Reusable, compartmentalized trays (sometimes use
Styrofoam trays); biodegradable sporks, plastic knives.
Recycling Station Monitoring/Assistance: Two very dedicated parents until the end of September
along with one custodian when time allows. Starting
in October stations will be monitored by paras and
custodian when time allows.
SSO Backend Servicing: 90 gallon carts serviced by the City of Minneapolis twice a week.
Observations: During the observation period kids needed a lot of assistance as they were still getting
use to what goes where. Parents spent a lot of time working with kids. Paras may need to do the same
thing as the program rolls into October. Recycling station gets crowded and backed up as separate
grades (not classrooms) are dismissed all together. Forming two lines helps but it still is chaotic
especially with the younger grades.
This is in part due to the location of the K – 3 recycling center, which is tucked away in an area with
not enough maneuvering room and poor lighting. There is a natural exit in this location but it’s not the
one used for ushering kids out of the lunchroom.
Observed very good separation of materials. Students want to do the right thing and are excited about