Utica, NY (WIBX) - To celebrate Earth Day, eleven schools took part in the Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority's "Zero Waste" Lunch Challenge, in an attempt to lower the amount of lunch-time waste they produce. Today, Harry M. Fisher Elementary School in Mohawk was announced the winner for producing only five-pounds of lunch-time waste on the day of the challenge. According to officials with the Waste Authority, the challenge was an opportunity to get children and schools to think about what they throw out, while helping to reduce landfill space and conserve materials. All of the schools that participated saw at least a 50-percent drop in lunch-time waste, while some schools saw decreases of more than 75-percent.

(Story By WIBX Intern Gino Gerruntino, Edited by Jeanette Lenoir)