What is a waste-free lunch program?
A waste-free lunch program begins with a statement. The Bombay School community decided that it is going to make waste reduction on site a priority, and one of the best places to start is with lunch and snack waste.
A waste-free lunch program is a process of educating students, parents, and school staff about where our trash ends up and how we, as individuals, can reduce the amount of trash we generate. Waste-free lunch programs favour the use of reusable food containers, drink containers, utensils, and napkins. They discourage the use of disposable packaging, such as prepackaged foods, plastic bags, juice boxes and pouches, paper napkins, and disposable utensils.
What does a waste-free lunch look like?
A Typical American Lunch
A Waste-Free Lunch
*With this type of lunch, lunch food items can be bought in larger quantities. The packaging can be left at home for reuse or recycling. Waste-free lunches are not only a wise environmental choice, but they are less expensive as well.
What does it cost to pack a waste-free lunch?
|A Disposable Lunch
|A Waste-free Lunch
The Bottom Line
|$4.02 / day||$2.65 / day|
|$20.10 / week||$13.25 / week|
|$723.60 / school year||$477.00 / school year|
723.60 - 477.00 = $246.60 savings per school year per person
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Implementing a Waste-free Lunch Program
- Complete instructions for implementing a waste-free lunch program can be found atwww.laptoplunches.com/GreenTeacher2004.html. It takes a few minutes to load, so please be patient!)
- If you're looking for an article describing the state of the waste-free lunch movement, visit www.wastefreelunches.org\SchoolsReduceWaste.html.
- David Darlington of Environmental Education for Kids! (EEK!) conducted a waste-free lunch pilot program at Marylin Avenue Elementary School. The project was funded by the City of Livermore, CA. Waste-free lunch kits were distributed to thirty students in a single class. Families were encouraged to pack waste-free lunches as often as possible. Click here to see their results.
- California Integrated Waste Management Board compiled statistics on school savings resulting from waste reductions programs. Click here to see a summary of their results. For more details and descriptions of additional programs, visit their Web site at http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Schools/WasteReduce/Models/Districts.htm.
- The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education has studied the impact of comprehensive environmental education on student learning as measured by the science MSPAP (Maryland School Performance Assessment Program) test. To view this report, click here or visit their Web site atwww.maeoe.org.
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