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Ontario schools divert 16,000 kg of lunch waste

During Waste Reduction Week in Canada from October 21-27, 2013, approximately 700 classrooms or schools from 56 Ontario school boards utilized reusable, refillable, and recyclable containers for lunch.


During Waste Reduction Week in Canada from October 21-27, 2013, approximately 700 classrooms or schools from 56 Ontario school boards utilized reusable, refillable, and recyclable containers for lunch.

Participating schools in the Recycling Council of Ontario’s Waste-Free Lunch Challenge diverted some 16,000 kg of lunch material from landfill – equivalent to 35 grand pianos — over the course of the week. Schools sorted, weighed, and recorded their lunchtime waste before and after the week to measure the difference.

“These students have proven themselves to be the next generation of environmental stewards” said Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Ontario, in a statement to media. “They have also demonstrated that making conscious and simple changes to everyday activities, like packing a waste-free lunch, will help solve future waste problems,” she added.

The Carton Council of Canada (CCC) is a proud partner supporting the 2013 Waste Free Lunch Challenge. 

“Every student who took part in the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge should be proud of their remarkable actions and efforts to minimize waste by reducing, reusing and recycling,” said Elisabeth Comere, VP of Government Affairs for the CCC.

2013 Waste-Free Lunch Challenge winning schools:

Bluewater District School Board

  • Meaford Community School
  • Hillcrest Central School

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

  • Corpus Christi School

Durham District School Board         

  • Lord Elgin Public School

Halton Catholic District School Board

  • Our Lady of Peace School               
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

  • Immaculate Conception
  • St. Marguerite d’Youville   

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

  • Fessenden School

Peel District School Board

  • David Leeder Middle School
  • Castlemore Public School

Toronto Catholic District School Board

  • St. Richard Catholic School              
  • St. Ambrose Catholic School
  • St. Jude Catholic School
  • St. Anselm Catholic School

Toronto District School Board

  • Golf Road Junior Public School

Upper Grand District School Board

  • Primrose Elementary School           

York Region District School Board

  • Ellen Fairclough Public School       
  • Beverley Acres Public School

Since 2010, over 525,000 children across the province have participated in the program. For more, visit www.wastefreelunch.com.


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