School doesn’t waste

Country of implementation


Type of the practice


Initiator of the practice

Warsaw City Hall

Type of education

Primary and secondary

Age of participants


How many participants max can participate

76 schools in Warsaw

Education form


Short description

The “School doesn’t waste” initiative was implemented in 76 Warsaw educational institutions, as well as “Climate on a plate” lessons and workshops “Climate on a fork”. It was prepared in 2021 by the city in cooperation with external partners for secondary school students. Young people from grades 6-8, with the help of a nutrition education trainer and a teacher, during a series of five workshops, work out ways to reduce food waste at school. During the culinary workshop, they prepare dishes from vegetables and fruits together, which do not have an attractive appearance, but are still fully valuable food. The project will be summarized in a report in which, among others, good practices from all schools will be collected.


  • Impact: School don’t waste – food don’t throw away can have a significant impact on promoting sustainable food consumption among children and schoolchildren. By providing educational resources and tools, the project can raise awareness and encourage behavioral changes towards more sustainable food choices.

Challenges in implementation

  • Behavior change: Promoting sustainable consumption practices requires behavioral change, which can be difficult to achieve. Existing resources may not be sufficient to overcome ingrained habits and cultural norms related to food choices.¬†
  • Finance and resources: Sustainable food systems require investment and resources to develop.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Schools must comply with many regulations related to food safety, nutrition and supplies, which can add complexity to program implementation.
  • Staff: The project relies on staff and volunteers to run its programmes. Recruiting and retaining skilled workers and volunteers can be a challenge, especially in a competitive labor market or in areas where there are few people with the required skills.