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Waste Free Lunch

The aim of the campaign is to reduce the amount of waste produced by packed lunches in schools, and to share innovative ideas for packing “waste-free” lunches with pupils, teachers and parents.

The resources below can be used at any time of the school year - see the menu of activities in 2.

The activities below engage pupils with the first, and most important, of the 3Rs: Reduce. They challenge pupils to investigate the ‘rubbish’ created by children’s lunchboxes, consider ways that families can reduce this waste, and run a whole-school campaign to spread the message about ‘waste free’ packed lunches.

The materials were developed for the Devon Waste Free Lunch Challenge, but can be used by a KS2 class or Eco Team at any time of the year. As well as developing pupils’ understanding of how individuals can take action to protect the environment in their daily lives, the activities develop pupils’ English and Mathematics skills. The data generated by the initial and final audits is ideal for use in KS2 statistics work, while the letter-writing and acrostic poem activities develop pupils’ abilities to write for different purposes.

Conduct your Packed Lunch Waste Audit first (see 1a, b and c below for the teachers’ plan, pupil recording sheet and results spreadsheet) then use the '2. checklist and menu of activities' to plan your campaign.