Two Ancaster elementary schools have won the 2013 Waste-Free Lunch Challenge.
Immaculate Conception on Kitty Murray Lane and Fessenden School on Huron Avenue were among 700 classrooms or schools from 56 school boards across the country that took an active role in minimizing waste by using reusable, refillable and recyclable containers for lunch.
Participating schools prevented nearly 16,000 kilograms of lunch material from entering landfill – equivalent to 35 grand pianos — over the course of a week. Schools sorted, weighed and recorded their lunchtime waste generation before Waste Reduction Week to establish a baseline, and then again during Waste Reduction Week in October 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. “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.”
Sponsored by the Carton Council of Canada, the annual Waste-Free Lunch Challenge helps schools decrease the amount of garbage they generate and educates students, teachers and parents about smart consumption and waste reduction.