Anderson County Schools switches to disposables in cafeteria as

Anderson County Schools switches to disposables in cafeteria as part of $9.8 million upgrade

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Anderson County schools are making a big switch in the coming year when it comes to school lunches, and it's all in an effort to cut costs. Anderson County schools are making a big switch in the coming year when it comes to school lunches, and it's all in an effort to cut costs.
They're replacing lights, air conditioning units, water and electric monitors, all in an effort to be more energy efficient. They're replacing lights, air conditioning units, water and electric monitors, all in an effort to be more energy efficient.
"We looked at all the options we had available and we had to choose the one that gave us the best cost benefit," said John Woodward with Anderson County schools. "We looked at all the options we had available and we had to choose the one that gave us the best cost benefit," said John Woodward with Anderson County schools.
By Alexis Zotos
6 News Reporter

ANDERSON COUNTY (WATE) - Anderson County schools are making a big switch in the coming year when it comes to school lunches, and i
t's all in an effort to cut costs. 

The district is phasing out all of their dishwashers as a part of their new energy-efficiency plan. 

Anderson County schools serve up an average of 5,500 meals a day, and in the future, the food will all be dished out on disposable rather than reusable dishes. 

"We looked at all the options we had available and we had to choose the one that gave us the best cost benefit," said John Woodward with Anderson County schools.

It's a switch Anderson County Financial Director John Woodward says has met some opposition, but the switch is just part of a $9.8 million upgrade throughout the district.

They're replacing lights, air conditioning units, water and electric monitors, all in an effort to be more energy efficient. 


"One of the areas that we noted used quite a bit of energy was the heating of the water and the utilization of the dishwashers," Woodward said of the switch. 

The upgrades are expected to save $620,000 in electric, water and natural gas savings.

Parents we spoke with liked the idea, as long as it translates into saving the district money. 


But with 5,500 meals a day, that's a lot of trash headed to the landfills, along with some environmental concerns.

"When you start looking at the macro view of the trade off, what is required and what is the toll that it takes on the environment of these items going into a landfill or building power plants and using coal and using some of the other fossil fuels to generate electricity, there's really not," Woodward said.

The other concern we heard from parents was the potential for layoffs.

The school district says they believe they will be able to handle that through attrition.

This will be a phase-out of the dishwashers, so once the machine becomes too costly to repair, they will get rid of it.

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