Reducing Food Waste

Waun Wen Primary School in Swansea set themselves a challenge of reducing food waste at lunchtime.

What did you do and how did you involve the whole school?

Children and adults in school noticed an increasing amount of food waste both from dinners and packed lunches. Eco-warriors wanted children to hold a “Waste less week!” so children ate the food on their plate/packed lunch instead of throwing it in the bin. Each member of Eco-Warrior pupil voice group was responsible for informing their class, encouraging less waste and collecting the data. Eco-Warriors also wrote to parents on Class Dojo and met with the kitchen staff who recorded data on school dinners.

How and why did you decide on this target?

After completing the Eco-Schools Environmental Review along with the rising cost of food our Eco-Warriors decided to take action. As a school we support the local food bank and are aware that food should not be wasted.  Responsibility needed to be taken for actions in order to lessen the amount of food thrown away every lunchtime.  The children were particularly concerned about the amount of food that was opened and not finished so encouraged their peers to consider this when they ate their packed lunch.

How has the project impacted on your school and your community?

Here is an example:


Year 4


Number of packed lunches Number of packed lunches eaten in full


School Dinners

How much food is wasted?
Monday 12 3 Monday 4 bags
Tuesday 13 4 Tuesday 3 bags
Wednesday 12 6 Wednesday 3 bags
Thursday 14 8 Thursday 1 bag
Friday 12 8 Friday 2 bags

How did you celebrate success and what are your next steps?

We shared success in our Friday Assembly with the children and staff. Mrs Gill our cook spoke about the huge reduction in the number of waste bags during “Waste less week”. Parents were updated on dojo and children were given the target of reducing food waste at home.

Next Steps: Monitor Food Waste regularly