Food Waste Worksheets

We all rely on the science of materials every day as it tells us which are the best materials to use for different things – like not using chocolate to make teapots, or glass to make trampolines. It also shows us how to dispose or recycle items safely and sustainably at the end of their lives.

Food is vital and a precious resource, so isn’t it crazy that we waste about a third of all food produced! Check out our resource pages to find out more about Food Waste.

Food can be recycled almost everywhere in Devon. Most districts collect food waste in special caddies in their kerbside collections (see our District Recycling Sheets).

The worksheets on this page will help young people understand the science behind food waste. We hope doing these activities will create better scientists and more critical thinkers. We know the wicked problems (complex and difficult issues like climate change and biodiversity loss) we are leaving the next generation will need some innovative thinking to solve them!

Downloadable Worksheets



An egg is surrounded by empty cardboard packaging, a yogurt pot, a fruit punnet, shredded paper, scissors and string.

Summer holiday activity: Egg drop challenge!

Take on the #EggDropChallenge! Use recyclable and reused items from around the house to protect an egg from a fall!

3Rs Activities at Home: The Food Saver Smoothie

In the fourth of our weekly series of challenges we are thinking about how to reduce food waste by making a delicious food saving smoothie. 

Hands holding a sample of bioplastic

3Rs Activities at Home: Turn potatoes into plastic!

Our third activity uses household ingredients to make biodegradable plastic…

Fruit peelings and apple cores in a blue food waste bin lined with newspapers

Zero Waste Lunches

Our Zero Waste Lunch pages will help you audit your waste from lunchtimes at school and help you with actions that will reduce waste. Why not hold a Zero Waste Lunch day or week in school to help draw attention to school waste at lunchtime?