Way back in the early 90's, my children attended a school Prince of Wales in Barrie that believed the children should not bring anything to school in their lunch that would have to be sent to a landfill.
Their solution to this was as follows-
In each classroom there was a container with 4-5,000 worms in soil inside a box. All vegetable and fruit scraps would be placed in the box and the worms would take care of it from there. It is called vermicomposting.
Of course it was only a matter of time before there was a box of worms in our home. Children are early adapters to things that make sense. They could see immediate results to their actions and how those choices effect their environment.
Any container that was brought had to be reusable (first choice and heavily promoted) or recyclable (distant second choice).
This pretty much took care of any waste that had previously been taken to a landfill.
A list was provided to the children to post on their fridge with ideas for a healthy lunch that did not produce waste.
Does anyone know of any schools that are practising this method of reducing waste in their town?
It makes more sense to not create the waste in the first place instead of trying to figure out how to dispose of it afterwards. You have the choice in how big your carbon footprint is. How about it? Ready for some worms in your life? They are quiet, you don't have to clean up after them and they cost nothing to feed except your scraps that were previously going to the landfill.