Submitted by: Gemeindeverband für Abfallwirtschaft im Raum Schwechat
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Lunchboxes for first-graders
Environmental education begins with the youngest. Therefore at the start of school each year, the dedicated waste recycling company Abfallverband Schwechat (Austria) gives first graders from 15 municipalities a lunch box for a minimum-waste lunch. Children and parents are to be made aware that lunches need not be packed in aluminum foil or plastic bags. The recycling company also raises its profile in the process. The project began in 2007. Numerous other Lower Austrian communities have replicated the project.