LAAMS Trash Statistic NUTRITION -On average 40% of tables are left with trash on top and or underneath -Min # of tables with trash– 16 -Max # of tables with trash – 42
LUNCH -On average 40% of tables are left with trash on top or underneath (Same as Nutrition) -Min # of tables with Trash – 23 (Greater) -Max # of tables with trash – 64 (Greater) LAAMS Trash Statistic continued
So What? These factors cause some pretty BIG concerns for all of us here at LA Academy.
Concern# 1 Its unsanitary. Unwanted food that is dumped on the table such as meat, chicken bones, fruit peels or trash that is left on the table, such as wrappers, utensils, trays, and plastic forks are great places for bacteria and viruses to hang out and multiply.
Concern#1 continued: When the next person arrives at the table, those same bacteria and viruses are ready to find a new home: Your hands Your tray Your mouth.
Concern# 2: An unclean eating area is a major attraction for pests.
Concern # 2 continued: When you leave your unwanted food and trash on the tables, its like you are ringing the dinner bell for all kinds of pests. The problem is that birds, rats, and roaches walk on the tables with feet that have walked everywhere.
Concern # 2 continued: They also go to the bathroom any time they like. They leave behind unsavory things like urine and feces – which dont belong in a cafeteria.
Trash Your Trash. Sometimes when people see someone doing something, they do the same thing too without really thinking about it. (Dont believe it? Try yawning!) When you leave your trash behind, other people might do the same thing. So…
You might be thinking… This is the custodians job! Thats what theyre hired to do.
Wrong! The custodial staff works very hard – to keep the campus maintained. They were NOT hired to do the things we can do ourselves. Theres another reason…
Math Time! On a normal day here at LAAMS, there are 2 custodians at the lunch area. It takes approximately 3 minutes to clean a table. There are 87 tables in the picnic area. There are only 116 minutes between Nutrition and Lunch.
Say that again? 3 minutes per table times 87 tables = 261 minutes to clean the cafeteria. But there are only 116 minutes between Nutrition and Lunch. And that is not enough time to have a clean cafeteria if students have left trash and food everywhere.
oh… The longer they have to spend cleaning the cafeteria, means the less time they have for making sure there are enough bathroom supplies and that we have a smoothly running campus.
So remember: When you are eating in the lunch area Sit to Eat. Trash Your Trash.