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Waste-free Lunches

This site provides information on how to implement or participate in a waste-free lunch program. It includes program descriptions, information on conducting trash audits, downloadable worksheets and sample letters, success stories, and related links.
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849 Almar Avenue, Suite C-323
Santa Cruz , CA 95066
Contact Person: Amy Hemmert
Phone: 831-457-0301
E-Mail: amy@obentec.com
Website: http://www.wastefreelunches.org

Detailed Information:
A typical lunch brought to school by an American child contains far more packaging than ever before. With many parents relying heavily on the convenience of prepackaged lunch items and foods wrapped in disposable wrappings—like baggies, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap—it’s no surprise that lunchtime trash is among the top two leading sources of school waste.

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the average child taking a disposable lunch to school generates 67 pounds of garbage per school year. That equates to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste for just one average-size elementary school. Multiply that by the number of public elementary schools alone—estimated at over 64,000 by the U.S. Department of Education—and you end up with over 1.2 billion pounds of lunchtime trash per school year!

But schools, parents, and students can change this by implementing waste-free lunch programs, and wastefreelunches.org provides them with the tools to make this change possible.

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