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Skip the foil and plastic wrap this September. Go litterless

Litterless lunch

When packing school lunch for your little ones this school year take the extra moment to skip the packaging and opt to make their lunch litterless. Not only is it better for the environment, many schools now ask students to pack lunches and snacks that are free from unnecessary packaging.

A litterless lunch is one where everything in the lunch is reusable or compostable and nothing goes in the garbage. This includes making an effort to use refillable drink containers and reuseable sandwich and snack containers.

Why go litterless?

Healthier: Many prepacked foods in our grocery stores are processed foods which are high in sodium, fat, sugar and preservatives.

Better control: By using reusable packaging you have better control over portion sizes.

Cleaner: Unfinished food can be packed back into resealable containers, so they don’t spill all over the lunch box on the journey back home.

Cheaper: Many snack items can be purchased at a lower cost if not prepackaged as single servings.

Flexible: If you are unable to finish a morning snack or drink, you can seal it up and save it for lunch or afternoon snack.

Great for the environment: By not using single-use, disposable items you will reduce the amount of waste being generated and resources wasted. There will be less food waste as it can be packed up and eaten later.

Litterless lunch tips

York Region’s Trash Busters program can provide inspiration, tools and resources to assist elementary schools to reduce their waste and improve reuse and recycling efforts at school and at home. Find out how at york.ca/wasteeducation

York Region processes residential recycling and garbage in all nine cities and towns in York Region. Most garbage collected is sent to an energy-from-waste facility. In 2018, York Region diverted 94% of waste from landfill through the Durham Energy Centre and other energy from waste contracts


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