Our class conducted an Observation survey to find out how much plastic is used during lunch time throughout the whole York School. We split into seven groups to get information as accurately as possible. The first five groups were in charge of looking at the grade 1-12 lunch times and count different plastic products used by all the students. The last two groups had very important jobs. One had to weigh the garbage of grades 1-4. The last group went to the cafeteria and counted how much plastic material was in the cafeteria itself, such as plastic forks. The data was put into graphs to make the results easily understandable. This has helped us to realize what needs to be changed to make the York School plastic free.


Observation Survey
1) Group 1: Grades 1 and 2: How many kids bring lunch in plastic bags, Ziploc bags, plastic containers, reusable containers, non-reusable and reusable water bottles?



2) Group 2: Grades 3 and 4:How many kids bring lunch in plastic bags, Ziploc bags, plastic containers, reusable containers, non-reusable and reusable water bottles?

3) Group 3: Grades 5 and 6: How many kids bring lunch in plastic bags, Ziploc bags, plastic containers, reusable containers, non-reusable and reusable water bottles?

4) Group 4: Grades 7 and 8: How many kids bring lunch in plastic bags, Ziploc bags, plastic containers, reusable containers, non-reusable and reusable water bottles?

5) Group 5: upper school: How many kids bring lunch in plastic bags, Ziploc bags, plastic containers, reusable containers, non-reusable and reusable water bottles?

6) In the cafeteria how much (and what type) of the products are covered in plastic wraps?

7) How much of that plastic is thrown out? (Weigh plastic garbage bag, comparing the weight after each group has lunch)


These are the graphs that our class put together with the data:

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Grade 5/6 lunch survey
Things that we noticed from this graph is that there are not that many non-reusable bottles and plastic bags but there are lots of ziploc bags.
There is also lots of tupperware and reusable bottles. What we can do is tell people to not bring ziploc bags and bring more tupperware
containers. Ziploc bags are not bad if you wash them and then reuse them but you can't reuse them more than once. Also, we can tell
people not to buy water at the cafeteria but to bring their own reusable water bottles or have water from the machine on the table at the side.
Overall, the grade fives and sixes were fairly good but some bad things that they need to work on.

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Grade One - Four Survey Summary
We wheighed the garbage outputs of the grade 1-4 students. Many results are only approximate because our scale only worked to 2000 grams. Our graph shows that on average, the 3's and 4's threw out more than the 1's and 2's. We used a scale from the science lab to weigh the garbage. We took the garbage bags out of the bins so the wheight of the bins wouldn't show up in our data. All our data is in grams.


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High school lunch
Most of the high school bought plastic bottles instead of bringing their own reusable bottles or drinking form the drinking fountain.
They brought few Ziploc bags and for the whole high school they only bought 10 plastic bags.
They need to bring their lunches in lunch bags instead of buying plastic items in the cafeteria.
39 plastic water bottles, 4 ziploc bags, 10 plastic bags and 2 reusable water bottles were counted and used in a 15 minute period.
Overall, they need to be educated on all things to be able to do their part in saving the environment.