• Waste-Free Lunch Challenge
    Congratulations to all the winners of the 2016 challenge!

Waste-Free Lunch Challenge

The Waste-Free Lunch Challenge is a school program that encourages schools to decrease the amount of garbage they produce, and educates students, staff, and parents about waste reduction. The challenge, which can be integrated in Ministry of Education curriculum, runs during Waste Reduction Week in Canada (Oct. 16-22, 2017)and is open to Ontario classroom and schools from junior-kindergarten to grade eight. 

Since 2010 Ontario schools have prevented more than 100,000 kilograms (220,000 lbs.) of food and packaging from entering disposal through the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge. The average Waste-Free Lunch Challenge student is able to reduce their waste from 33 grams to just 21 grams per day. Some schools are able to reduce their waste down to just three grams per student per day. 

How the program works

Step 1: Register for the challenge

Step 2: Prepare for the Challenge

Step 3: Complete the challenge and share on social media

Step 4: Submit your results