Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Wrapper free school

As you will know doubt be aware, Central Otago District Council will be changing to fortnightly rubbish collection from 1 July 2014.  Our school has been part of a ‘Gearing Up for Change’ initiative lead by Central Otago Enviroschools.  As part of this initiative all classes have been looking at ways that we can reduce, reuse and recycle in order to minimise our school waste. 
Food wrappers, yoghurt containers, and lunch scraps account for a large percentage of our school waste, and litter is still an issue in the playground.
Starting this term we have become a Wrapper Free School’, in order to reduce some of our school waste and address the litter problem. 

We are asking that you remove all wrappers from muesli bars etc, before it goes into your child’s lunchbox. Please use either reusable bags or containers for sandwiches, chips, popcorn and snack foods. 

Did you know?
  • More than 2.5 million tonnes of waste is being buried in our landfills each year.
  • 3/4 of this could have been saved.  This equates to 8kg of landfill per person each week that could have been reused, recycled, or composted.
  • The useful lifespan of a plastic bag is only 10 minutes, yet it takes 1000 years to break down!


  1. What a great initiative to help reduce waste! We are an Enviroschool too, and try our very best to keep wrappers out of our lunch boxes, but we find it can be hard. The children in E7 wonder if you take your chippies out of their foil packets and put them in a box?

    1. HI E7. We are trying to get our Mum's and Dad's to buy the big packets of chippies and we bring them to school in either a container or a reusable bag. It is going to be a challenge to become wrapper free, as sometimes our Mum's and Dad's forget. We are trying to help them remember.

  2. Hi Room 6. We are a wrapper free school at Fairhall School too. We have special containers for our sandwiches but are still trying to find a good container for yoghurt.
    From Charlie and Liv