From little things big things grow

The NSW EPA’s Love Food Hate Waste program is making a big impact in local schools, with new Food Smart School lesson plans.

School children proudly showing off compost bins filled with organic wasteEnjoying natural foods and saving food waste through composting is becoming more popular at home and at school with many schools creating their own veggie gardens and composting systems.

Students are keen to learn about their environment and sustainable practices at the same time which fits in perfectly with Love Food Hate Waste, an initiative funded by the NSW Government through the waste levy.

“We love to see schools embrace composting and students are already thinking about how they can make the most of their food and reduce waste,” said the program’s acting head of Organics Masha Vahldieck.

“In fact, our team is in the middle of running a Food Smart School pilot program to offer a series of lesson plans that are aligned with the NSW Syllabus for Year 1 to Year 8 teachers.”

“The lesson plans include things like working out the cost of food waste, how  food waste affects the environment and how to be a waste warrior.”

While a major objective of Love Food Hate Waste is to raise awareness of the environmental, economic and social impact of food waste in NSW, the team’s social media site and presence at major events makes following their tips an easy and everyday achievement for all ages.

The EPA recently visited two urban schools in Sydney to see what is already happening in their saving food waste space. Read the full Love Food, Hate Waste article which recently helped showcase the Love Food, Hate Waste program in the Australian Association of Environment Education's (AAEE) national magazine Conversations. 

The EPA is a corporate member of the NSW Chapter of the AAEE.