Halmstad schools competing to reduce food waste in canteens

Project information

Index: 0694R2
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Waste management
Location SWEDEN SöDRA SVERIGE Sydsverige Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2008
End: 2011

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

Halmstad municipality

Halmstad municipality

www.halmstad.se/forskolaskola/nyhetsarkivfs/nykampanjskaminskamatsvin netpaskolornaytterligare.4787.html; www.halmstad.se/omkommunen/kommunensorganisation/forvaltningar/se rvicekontoret/maltidsservice.1282.html

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