Unused Food At Canteens Around AustraliaMany school canteens around Australiaare not Agriculturally sustainable. Manycanteens around Australia are discardingcopious amounts of food off cuts thatcould be put to better use. Off cuts can befed to animals which reduces the costsassociated with feeding them.
Our SchoolIn our small school canteen alone, onaverage each day we dispose ofapproximately:½ a tomato½ a lettuce½ a beetroot8 pieces of bread PER DAY
AveragesIf each school in Australia has acanteen and they waste the sameamount of the previously mentionedfoods then…
How much each school wastes per dayNumber of schools in Australia = 9529Using our school as the base figure toaverage out the amount of food wastedper day across Australian schools, this is:– 4764 Tomatoes– 4764 Beetroot– 4764 Lettuce– 3811 Loaves of bread
But wait…There are 200 School days per yearAs such, when the previous figuresare calculated across a school year,the following amounts of food arewasted.
WHAT A LOT OF WASTE4764 Tomatoes x 200 days =952800 Tomatoes4764 Lettuces x 200 days = 9528004764 Beetroot x 200 days = 9528003811 Loaves of bread (at approx 15slices per loaf) x 200 days = 762200Loaves of bread
What do we do with it?In speaking to our canteen, theyonly try to buy what they will use,but they (and likely other schools)still have some waste.What can be done with this amountof wasted food?
What can we do with it?Feed school chickens with the scraps.This then reduces the need to buy chickenfeed (which are usually costly grains)The chickens then lay eggs which we caneat/the canteen can use!The manure from the chickens then willfertilise the ground where they feed and atour school this is a orchard, which helps toproduce healthier trees with taster, moresustainable fruit.
CreditsMade by:– Yr 9 Lachlan Regan Jason– Yr 10. Kylie RachelNorthholm Grammar School,Arcadia, NSW