St. Margaret School has a Boomerang Lunch program to help make a difference in our environment. We hope to reduce waste and encourage students and their families to review and rethink the way they prepare and package lunch and snack foods.
How does it work?
All waste from your child’s lunches and snacks will be returned home in their lunch bags. This includes any packaging, plastic bags, food waste and wrapping. It is our hope that food waste that comes home (e.g. apple cores, sandwich crusts, etc.) will be disposed of in your green bin or compost. Students will be encouraged to put food waste in their sealed reusable containers to help control bringing home a messy lunch bag.
What about recycling?
The Green Team has been working hard over the years to make sure that all classes are properly recycling items in their blue and white bins and that food waste goes into a green bin. This initiative has been successful, however in light of the current pandemic, Green Team is not able to meet for washing bins and taking care that recycling and green bins are maintained properly in the school.
Why are we doing it?
It’s the right thing to do for our environment! Much of the waste in our school come from disposable packagings, such as plastic bags and food wrappers. It is estimated that the average school-age child using a disposable lunch produces 67 pounds of lunch waste per school year! Although some of this waste is made of recyclable materials, it is still a huge cost to transport and process these items. Encouraging the use of reusable containers will reinforce that children can be part of the solution to our waste problems.
Boomerang lunches enable parents to see what their children are actually eating!
A boomerang lunch also provides parents with firsthand knowledge of the eating habits and preferences of the child. By bringing home the leftovers you will see what’s been eaten or not. Teachers see a huge amount of uneaten food go into the garbage day after day. This is not only wasteful but expensive.
Boomerang lunches work!
St. Margaret School prides itself in being a leader in the way we treat the Earth. We currently hold a Gold Level Eco-School designation. The boomerang lunch program is another area where we can show our respect for our environment. Many schools throughout Waterloo Region and other school boards have implemented boomerang lunches with tremendous success.
Thanks for your support with this very important initiative!
We know this program will require families to re-think food preparation and student actions. Our hope is that discussions will take place at home and school and habits will change. Packing a waste-free lunch not only helps the environment, but it can also result in healthier, more nutritious snacks/lunches as many prepackaged foods contain significant amounts of salt, preservatives, sugar and fat. There is also a cost saving as lunches made of prepackaged items cost significantly more than buying larger quantities and serving them in reusable containers.
We live in a global village, sharing the precious earth God has given us.
We are all called to be good stewards of the environment.
Thank you, The Green Team at St. Margaret School