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Waste-Free Lunch Challenge

The goal of the Ontario Waste-Free Lunch Challenge (WFLC) is to help schools reduce the amount of garbage they produce and to educate students, staff, and parents about waste reduction. School lunches are a major source of waste in Ontario – the average student’s lunch generates a total of 30 kilograms of waste per school year, or an average of 8500 kilograms (18,700 lbs) of waste per school per year.

A waste-free lunch (sometimes called litter-less, smart, garbage-less or waste-not lunch) contains no throwaway packaging or food leftovers. As a first priority, lunches are packed in servings that will be completely eaten. To avoid any packaging, all food and drinks are packed in reusable containers within a reusable lunch bag or box. All containers are re-sealable, so that leftover food and drink that is not eaten can be consumed (or composted) later.

The Teacher Resource section on the WFLC site includes materials and tips to help you plan a waste-free lunch event. These include a sample letter to parents, ideas for how to pack a waste free lunch, sample PA announcements and other class/school activities, garbage/recycling facts, and suggestions for curriculum connections. Click on WFLC site link in the sidebar to find out more.

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