Halmstad schools competing to reduce food waste in canteens
Topic of the practice
Waste prevention; Bio-waste / Food waste from school lunches/Food waste prevention
Good Practice Information
The project was a long term information campaign targeted at the middle and high schools at Halmstad Municipality. Within the campaign the food was weighed four times (January 2009, May 2009, October 2009 and a control in November 2010). The campaign was designed as a contest between the schools where the one throwing away the least at each weighing won. The overall objective for the municipality
was to utilize a campaign and competition between schools to decrease food wastage in school canteens hereby reducing the environmental impact of CO2 emission.
To achieve this the municipality wanted the pupils to discover and reflect on their own behavior to ultimately change it. On average the schools reduced their waste with 13 %. Controls also show that the reduction seems to be permanent
Evidence of success
During the campaign the food waste per portion diminished with 5,8 gr. (13 %), from 44,7 gr./servingto 38,8 gr./serving. The sample group consisted of 6,850 pupils and daily portions; a full school year consists of 173 days. This gives 1,185,050 servings annually and consequently an avoidance of 6,783 kg of food wastage.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
www.halmstad.se/forskolaskola/nyhetsarkivfs/nykampanjskaminskamatsvin netpaskolornaytterligare.4787.html; www.halmstad.se/omkommunen/kommunensorganisation/forvaltningar/se rvicekontoret/maltidsservice.1282.html