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  Waste Free Week Classroom Learning Earth Day, Any Day  

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Waste-free Week    
...A daily guide for a week's worth of activities that teach kids the importance of reducing waste

 

How to Prepare

    • Form a school “green team” to organize the activities, or if you already have one, coordinate activities among those parent volunteers.
    • Put announcements in your school newsletter in the weeks leading up to “Waste-free Week” and notify teachers of the “Waste-free Week” plans so they can encourage students to participate.
    • Create posters promoting the activities and hang them around campus.

Day 1: Waste Weigh-inIt has been estimated that on average a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. That equates to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste for just one average-size elementary school. Find out how much waste your school generates, then how to reduce it.

What To Do

  • Assign student volunteers to weigh all the school trash after lunchtime (packed lunch trash only), and save the total.
  • Consider doing different weight categories, such as the all-school weight, weight by class and weight by grade level.

Day 2: Waste-free OptionsDistribute information via the school newsletter to educate families and students on waste-free alternatives to lunch packing, and encourage families to pack waste-free right away.

What To Do

Day 3: Waste-free Products SaleFabkins and Kids Konserve have joined together to offer schools a complete set of waste-free lunch products, including recycled cotton lunch sacks, stainless steel food containers, stainless steel beverage bottles, food kozies, and cloth napkins.

What To Do

  • Email info@fabkins.com with the date you’d like to hold your waste-free lunch products sale.
  • You’ll be sent back sample products, order forms, and all the information you need to hold the sale at your school during “Waste-free Week.”

Day 4: Waste-free Check-inSet up a table at lunchtime where students come to have their lunch boxes checked and those that are 100% waste-free receive a prize (school sticker, buttons, etc.)

What To Do

  • Promote the “Waste-free Check-in” in the school newsletter as part of “Waste-free Week” and have teachers remind students to pack a waste-free lunch on this day.
  • Have parent volunteers set up a table, with signage, and check kids’ lunchboxes. Have small prizes on-hand to pass out to students that show a 100% waste-free lunch.

Day 5: Weigh-in Comparison – Go through the same process as on Day 1 to weigh all the school trash after lunchtime (packed lunch trash only). Compare the total to the Day 1 total and promote the results!

What To Do

  • Assign student volunteers to weigh all the school trash after lunchtime (packed lunch trash only).
  • Compare the total to the Day 1 totals and publish the results in your school newsletter. Consider special prizes for the class and/or grade that reduced their waste the most.

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