Lunch Out of Landfills

Through waste sorts, Sharetables, and education around composting and waste management, students make their school a centre of changing norms around food waste and food redistribution with the guidance of a Staff Champion who receives a stipend and support every step of the way.

By educating school children about systems of food waste and food inequity, student leaders can become champions, diverting over 80% from landfills and incinerators by composting organics, decontaminating, recycling and recovering massive amounts of unopened milk juice, apples, bananas, and vegetables. This student led, staff guided, program will change the process of waste disposal in schools ...

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By educating school children about systems of food waste and food inequity, student leaders can become champions, diverting over 80% from...

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When I started at Urbana, there were ten huge trash bins and maybe three or four small recycling bins. One of my teachers told me that Urbana doesn’t recycle and after a look at our contaminated waste stream, I could see why she said it. In the mi...

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Lunch Out of Landfills
Student Leader at Urbana High School

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Great for

  • teachers and administrators who work with grades 5-12
  • thinks their school can be the center of change for a greener planet
  • would be interested in being supported in working with student leaders with a stipend and structure
  • wants to support students in learning about how they can lead the change in their schools and communities

Lunch Out of Landfills project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Form your Green Team
  • Crown your Staff Champions
  • Plan a Waste Sort
  • Build a Sharetable
  • Educate and Grow


Suggested: Lunch Out of Landfills is committed to being a dynamic program that meets schools where they are. Getting started with a one-time waste sort and Sharetable is a one-day project that requires one week of preparation. Maintaining this system of waste reduction and education is an ongoing process in each school for years to come, and each Green Team can decide what that looks like for them: a monthly hourly meeting is suggested.


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Meet the Social Innovator

Welcome to Lunch Out of Landfills! We're happy you're here and passionate about creating a better, greener, cleaner Earth. Whether you are a young person, a teacher, a parent, a nature lover, or simply know someone in one of those categories, you are an integral part of our community and movement.

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