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Waste Free Lunch Trophy Goes to Kilmersdon Primary

Waste Free Lunch Trophy Goes to Kilmersdon Primary

Prize presented during National Recycling Week

Published: 10th Dec 2018

Congratulations to Kilmersdon Primary School who have come top of the league table in our Waste Free Lunch competition! 

Kilmersdon Primary came first out of more than 100 schools that visited Carymoor during the 2017-18 academic year because they managed to create no landfill waste from their packed lunches and had the smallest amount of compostable and recyclable waste too.


Neil Gemmell from Carymoor said: "The Carymoor team went to visit Kilmersdon Primary on 3rd July as part of our Schools Against Waste programme and ran an assembly and workshops with the children to raise awareness about recycling. Apparently this really got them focused on the issue and they almost immediately followed this up with a visit to Carymoor on 18th July. They were well prepared for the Waste Free Lunch challenge and parents were very much on side."


Neil visited Kilmersdon Primary School in September to present the Waste Free Lunch trophy during National Recycling Week. Four other schools also managed to create no landfill waste from their packed lunches during the last academic year: Ash Primary, Wellington Prep School, Neroche Primary and Archbishop Wake Primary.


Neil added: “The Waste Free Lunch competition is a great way to reduce everyday waste and highlight choices that can make a difference. By using a reusable box for sandwiches instead of clingfilm, or a reusable water bottle instead of a single-use one, you can really make a difference each week, month and year. We know some schools have changed their policy on packed lunches on school trips as a result of taking part in the competition so it’s great to see it have a lasting impact. We'd like to say a huge thank you to all the schools that took part last year. Let's bring on the challenge again in 2018-19!"

* Did you know food accounts for almost half the waste produced by primary schools? For tips on how to reduce food waste in your school check out our education pack.

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