LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Cafeterias across Jefferson County Public Schools will soon transition from using biodegradable foam containers to cardboard, recyclable trays.

Acting Superintendent Marty Pollio and the district's nutrition services department announced Thursday that the rollout has already started and will continue over the next week.

Officials say the idea came through the district's initiative that's designed to cut waste and empower students to think about environmentally friendly options.

"The new trays are made from 99 percent recycled material and once they are used, they will go right to our recycling dumpsters," said Dan Ellnor, manager of nutrition services in JCPS.

The district serves approximately 118,000 school meals a day to students in 155 schools.

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