Durable (Plastic) Trays

As of the 2021-22 school year, 17 of our 18 elementary schools and all 5 middle schools have transitioned to plastic trays from Styrofoam/compostable trays. Puesta Del Sol will utilize plastic trays as future remodels occur and commercial dishwashing equipment is installed.

Compostable Trays

During the 2019-20 school year, high schools, choice secondary schools and Puesta Del Sol transitioned from sytrofoam to compostable trays. We will continue this effort in the 2021-22 school year as pandemic disrupted supply chains allow.

Reusable Silverware

We are excited about a continued effort to transition our elementary schools to the use of reusable silverware instead of plastic “sporks”. Prior to school closures due the pandemic, students at Enatai, Spiritridge and Jing Mei Elementary used “real silverware” in the cafeteria! During the 2021-22 school year, 17 of our 18 elementary schools will utilize silverware. Puesta Del Sol will transition to “real silverware” as future remodels occur.

Compostable Silverware

Through a new partnership with the City of Bellevue, we will explore the use of compostable silverware in our secondary schools during the 2021-22 school year. Compostable silverware will replace wrapped plastic utensil.

School Food Share

School Food Share is a program that prevents and minimizes food waste in school cafeterias by redirecting these valuable resources (unopened or packaged foods) to community food banks. As Public Health regulations allow, we plan to relaunch the Food Share program supporting HopeLink at: Puesta Del Sol, Spiritridge, Lake Hills, Woodridge, Enatai, Medina, Somerset, Eastgate, Cherry Crest and Newport Heights.

Future Initiatives

In the future we will evaluate our readiness to address additional items that are utilized by the school meal program. These include disposable water bottles, plastic straws and milk cartons.


The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.