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article imageOntario schools divert over 25 tonnes of waste from landfill

By Andrew Reeves     Jan 20, 2012 in Environment
Toronto - 200,000 elementary school students in Ontario helped divert over 25 tonnes of waste from landfill in a single week by lacking waste-free lunches.
200,000 Ontario elementary students participated in Recycling Council of Ontario's 2011 Waste-Free Lunch Challenge, reducing lunch waste while embracing environmentalism wholeheartedly. They helped demonstrate that waste minimization is not as difficult as they might have thought.
During Waste Reduction Week in Canada, nearly 800 schools from 62 different school boards across the province participated in the Annual Waste-Free Lunch Challenge. Participating schools were able to prevent and divert 25 tonnes of lunch material from entering the landfill by highlighting the vast amount of waste that can be kept from landfill through lunches alone when people make smart decisions.
"Students have passionately committed to going waste-free,” said Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Ontario. “Their results are incredible! The students have clearly demonstrated how simple changes make all the difference."
Schools sorted, weighed and recorded their lunchtime waste generation throughout the week in order to compete against other schools to produce the smallest amount of waste.
Thirty schools were recognized as the most successful in reducing the amount of waste generated and will each receive a grand prize donated by Metro Ontario Inc. and Tetra Pak Canada. The grand prize winners will received a $1000 environmental grant for use in school-based environmental projects.
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