Food waste in schools

Food waste in schools

Throwing away food wastes money, energy and water, and means that good food doesn't get eaten. 

Find out how you can cut your school's food waste.

Around half of the rubbish thrown away from schools is food  - which could be wasting hundreds of pounds a year as well as the energy and water used to produce the food in the first place.

There are many reasons why food is wasted at school - from too much food being prepared and not served, to food being thrown away uneaten because of portion sizes, taste, lack of time, poor dining experience or a combination of all these factors.   

Finding out how much, and why, food is being wasted at your school is the first step.  Weigh the leftover food from lunches, you can record it on our food waste calculator and work out how much money (and elephants) you could save!

You can get your pupils involved in finding out why food is wasted with a plate waste survey.

Once you know where and why food is being waste, check out WRAP's  great resources to help you get started on tackling food waste at school.

To get you started have a look at the background information on food waste. 

Ways to increase familiarity with foods and engage children with food are here

There are lots of ideas for improving the dining experience here 

If you are thinking of introducing a cook to order system, WRAP  have a how-to guide  

For other ideas, have a look at our menu of food waste ideas here

If you would like support  (including equipment loan) to run food waste actiivities in school, we may be able to help - please contact us.