In this activity, students save the garbage from their lunches, sort it into different bins and analyze their findings to determine how much waste the average lunch creates.
According to Natural Resources Canada, the average North American will produce 600 times their own weight in garbage over their lifetime. A person who weighs 68 kilograms will leave behind a 40,825 kilogram trash legacy.
By altering daily practices, such how an individual packs their lunch for school or work, a significant amount of waste can be prevented from entering the landfill.
After the sort the class is guided through establishing "litterless lunch goals" and works together to accomplish these goals to reduce their lunchtime waste.