Celebrating our lunch box challenge winners

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Lunch box challenge winners

Swing Gate Infant School celebrated National Recycle Week in September with Affinity Water’s Education team. During a sustainability assembly, the students proudly received their Affinity Water Lunch Box Challenge winners trophy! They were one of only four schools in the last academic year (2017/2018), who proved that they could achieve zero landfill waste during their visit to Affinity Water’s Environment and Education Centre. The other winners for 2017/18 were Year 1 from Radlett Prep School, Year 2 from Bushey Heath School and Year 2 from Aldenham Prep School.

The Education Team would like to congratulate all the winning schools for their efforts and achievements!

Affinity Water’s Education Centre in Bushey Heath welcomes over 6,000 children a year, from over 200 schools. Every child is invited to take part in the Lunch Box Challenge with the aim of minimising the amount of landfill waste generated from packed lunches. Following their lunch, the children sort their leftovers into the correct bins and identify the items that are reusable, recyclable and compostable. The remaining landfill waste is

weighed to find out how environmentally conscious the class and the school’s staff have been!

The waste aware Year 2 children from Swing Gate Infant School were proud ‘zero wasters’, delighted to receive the Lunch Box Challenge Trophy and happy to share their success with the rest of the school.

Hannah Battram, Environment and Education Manager said: “The Government’s Waste Strategy sets out clear targets for reducing waste by 2020. The “Lunch Box Challenge” is a fun way of introducing a serious subject to children, encouraging them to think about sustainability at an early age.”