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Trash Free Tuesday

Thornton Primary School will be starting our Trash Free Tuesday tomorrow 27th April. Trash Free Tuesday will happen each week and on these Tuesdays, we ask that your child’s lunchbox contains no packaged items. Ideally, your child’s lunch will only contain items that will be eaten, composted or recycled.

Trash Free Tuesday is one of Thornton Primary School’s sustainability education initiatives. By participating, students will have a better understanding of how we can take action to reduce our waste. Waste-free lunches also save money and promote healthy eating.

What is a waste-free lunch?

Waste free lunches contain only items that are eaten, composted or recycled. They do not contain wrappers or packaging that need to be thrown in the rubbish bin. Using reusable containers and drink bottles is the cornerstone of a waste-free lunch! Reusable containers with different compartments will keep sandwiches intact and make treats easy to pack.

Waste-free lunches are easy.  Pack lunches in the evening. Put leftovers from dinner directly into your box.  Stock up on easy-to-pack, healthy foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Buying items such as juice, yogurt, crackers and biscuits and cheese in bulk quantities or containers, rather than individual servings, will probably save you money as well as reduce waste.

Why pack a waste-free lunch?

  • Less waste sent to landfill. Landfills are reaching capacity and incineration creates air pollution.
  • Empower our kids to make positive changes for the planet.
  • Eliminate the need for processed, pre-packaged foods.
  • A cleaner school, making Thornton PS a nicer place to work and assist students in taking pride in their school.

Thank you for supporting your child’s participation in Thornton Primary School’s Trash Free Tuesdays.