Taking these waste reduction efforts to the next level, Marius Barbeau staff and students engage in a robust organic waste program that accepts paper coffee cups. Students also hold a daily boomerang lunch program, where all non-recyclable and non-compostable items are returned home. A measure of the results of these terrific eco-actions? In 2013-14, Marius Barbeau reported a 92.5% waste diversion rate!
Waste Reduction Week in Canada is an opportunity to maximize your waste minimization efforts. Consider introducing one or more of the initiatives from Marius Barbeau in your school. The Waste Reduction Week website has some excellent resources, the Waste Free Lunch Challenge is a great way to involve the whole school, or consider conducting an Ontario EcoSchools waste audit. For tips, check out Ontario EcoSchools’ ‘Waste Audit How-To’ video.
Boomerang lunch and composting programs, whole-school waste audits, and campaigns such as the Waste Free Lunch Challenge (continued throughout the school year) are recognized in the Ontario EcoSchools certification program.