Go "green” and find out about all the benefits there are to recycling 8 oz. plastic bottles. Milk bottles can provide the "critical mass" to launch a school recycling program and can reduce trash volume significantly. Learn more and investigate starting a recycling program at your school.
An easy-to-read fact sheet that summarizes the benefits of plastic milk bottle recycling.Download PDF
Some facts about recycling.Download PDF
Here is a great tool to assess your current recycling situation and to determine recycling possibilities.Download PDF
New Look of School Milk
What moves students to drink milk? According to a 2002 study involving 100,000 students, milk consumption increased 37% when:
- Presented in kid-friendly plastic containers or 3 color paperboard.
- Offered in a variety of flavors.
- Improvements made in storage and refrigeration to ensure ice cold milk.
- Increased availability on the school campus, including meal lines, vending, and a la carte.
The New Look of School Milk features ice-cold milk served in a variety of flavors, in kid-friendly, plastic packaging, on the meal line. School nutrition directors at schools report sustained success, with better student nutrition and stronger meal participation.
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Kids Prefer School Milk in Plastic Bottles
Based on a student survey, 94% of the children said that the school milk in the plastic bottle was "better overall" compared to the identical milk in a paper carton.
Cold, Plastic and Easy to Open
Moms Think Kids More Likely to Drink Milk in Plastic Bottles
The Mom's views on School Milk Survey showed that 62% of moms say that packaging plays an important role when their children choose beverages at school and almost 75% would be willing to spend more for it.
The School Milk Pilot Test
The School MIlk Pilot Test was conducted in 2001 by National Dairy Council® and the School Nutrition Association, to determine how to make milk appealing to students. Milk sales increased an average of 18%, consumption increased 38% and meal participation increased 5%. It is the foundation study for what has become known as the New Look of School Milk.
New Look of School Milk Financial Calculator
Often school nutrition programs want to offer the New Look of School Milk to their students but are concerned about the increased costs of an enhanced milk program. Many school nutrition professionals have found that the New Look of School Milk pays for itself through increased milk sales and increased meal participation and federal reimbursements. Now there's an easy-to-use New Look of School Milk Financial Calculator tool to help you see how this enhanced milk program can work for you.
Bidding Milk in Plastic Bottles
If you are interested in providing plastic 8 oz milk bottles in your district, the first step is to communicate this request to your area dairy processors. Here are some tips and responses to some commonly asked questions to assist you in that process.
Bidding Milk in Plastic Bottles
The New Look of School Milk promotes cold milk, in multiple flavors, and kid-appealing plastic packages. If you are interested in providing the New Look of School Milk in your district, the first step is to communicate this request to your area dairy processors.Download PDF