Sunday, October 19, 2014

Waste-Free Lunch Challenge!

Get ready St. Cecilia as we participate in the “Waste Free Lunch Challenge”

Are you ready for the CHALLENGE?!?

Did you know that school lunches are a major source of waste in Ontario? In fact, the average student’s lunch generates a total of 30 kilograms of waste per school year, or an average of 8,500 kilograms of waste per school per year.
In an effort to engage all students and families in small environmental initiatives that can make a big impact,  St. Cecilia is participating in the week-long Waste-Free Lunch Challenge (WFLC) beginning on October 20-24.
The Waste-Free Lunch Challenge is a province-wide initiative run by the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO).  Parents and Guardians are invited to visit the WFLC’s parent website at to download various resources.  Here, you can download resources and watch instructional videos about how to shop for and pack a waste-free lunch.
Thank you for doing your part, by helping  your child pack waste-free lunches for our event and helping us fulfill a number of goals:
  • Celebrate and learn about Waste Reduction Week using a “3Rs” approach to reduce, reuse and recycle so that less waste is created from school lunches.
  •  Reduce the cost of waste disposal so the school’s resources can be put to better use.
  • Encourage fresh and nutritious lunches (many pre-packaged lunch items contain significant amounts of sodium, preservatives and fat).
  • Broaden the understanding of materials that we can recycle, how recycling works and promote recycling in school and at home.
  • Help you reduce the cost of lunches: a waste-free lunch can cost as little as $2.50 per day, whereas a regular lunch containing pre-packaged items can cost $4.50 or more per day.

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