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to think is just pants that dc's school do not have a bin for lunchbox detritus at lunchtime?

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TheCowCalledMeg Mon 29-Apr-13 17:15:04

Umm is this normal? There are bins for school dinners children but if you have something you want to bin it must stay in your lunch box- it does't matter what it is.

I say this after having:

A) been pissed all over by ds's juice box (why even bother putting the straw in it really?)
b)spent the last ten minutes clearing what appears to be the full contents of a yogurt out of every crevice of DD's lunch box.
c)gagged on the roasted garlic honky smell of very warm Hoormoose that the lid of ds's lunchbox lid was welded together with.... (I didn't have a diamond tipped angle grinder so it was hard that bit)

I was hoping to post this in the "I know I am right please everyone agree with me" topic but that appears to have been moved...meh...

TheCowCalledMeg Mon 29-Apr-13 17:16:11

How easy would it be to get space/astronauts food online? That stuff that's just dried out potato and fish heads??

FoundAChopinLizt Mon 29-Apr-13 17:16:53

Every school should keep pigs to eat all the left overs. Then sell them to make money for the PTA.

TheCowCalledMeg Mon 29-Apr-13 17:17:35

OOOh Chopin ..them would be happy piggies!

parabelle Mon 29-Apr-13 17:17:51

Can't answer the first one, but you can get space food on Amazon.
I have now stopped giving dd2 yoghurts or bananas as it's so disgusting to clean the lunchbox.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Mon 29-Apr-13 17:18:59

Ours is the same, in theory it's so you can tell what they've eaten, although obviously you can't if they have school dinners. I have trained mine to put all messy stuff back inside the plastic box and put the lid on before it goes back in their lunchbag, they manage most of the time but I still sometimes have to pop the bag in the washing machine.

IloveJudgeJudy Mon 29-Apr-13 17:19:00

I think the main reason that primary don't allow bins is so that the parents can see exactly what has been eaten, otherwise it would be very easy for the DC to put everything in the bin and say that they had eaten it.

I think that pigs are no longer allowed to eat human leftovers so that schools can no longer give leftovers to farmers for pigs.

blueberryboybait Mon 29-Apr-13 17:19:38

It is perfectly normal, apparently it is so you can monitor how much they have eaten. It also stops mindless walking around the dinner hall during lunch.

IneedAsockamnesty Mon 29-Apr-13 17:19:49

Hawkins bizarre sell astro food.

But that aside yanbu they claim they do it so parents can see whats eaten and what's not but its gross having to sort it out

NotKathyReichs Mon 29-Apr-13 17:20:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MissAnnersley Mon 29-Apr-13 17:20:10

DS always brings uneaten food home. When he was younger I was quite pleased as it meant I could find out what he was eating.

I'm not really bothered TBH.

ChasingSquirrels Mon 29-Apr-13 17:21:26

And don't schools have to pay for waste collection?

MissAnnersley Mon 29-Apr-13 17:21:29

Obviously uneaten food from his packed lunch not a school lunch. grin

Movingtimes Mon 29-Apr-13 17:21:36

I feel your pain, especially the yogurt-related pain, but I can explain the reasoning behind it. Schools do this not because they don't have a bin but so that you can see what your child has or hasn't eaten. Otherwise you have kids chucking their lunch in the bin and rushing out to play and you are never any wiser. Or kids who always eat the biscuit and never the sandwich or the fruit. So, messy though it is, I've always appreciated the fact that I get to see, as once or twice I've had to take steps with my DC to make sure they were eating a proper lunch.

GoldenGreen Mon 29-Apr-13 17:22:21

It's because all that multiplied by however many kids there are = loads more waste for the school to deal with - I can completely understand why they just expect the kids to shove it back the box. It is utterly disgusting dealing with it at the end of the day though.

CloudsAndTrees Mon 29-Apr-13 17:22:34

My school won't allow children to throw the unbeaten contents of their lunch boxes away partly because parents should see what their child has and hasn't eaten, and partly because we don't have the space in the big bin that is emptied weekly by the council to put any more rubbish in it.

Some parents provide a sandwich bag for their children to put rubbish in so that it can go back in ten lunchbox without making a mess.

Movingtimes Mon 29-Apr-13 17:22:46

X-post times a million. grin

freddiefrog Mon 29-Apr-13 17:22:48

I've often said that. Usually after I've been leaked on by yet another half drunk drink, or spent hours trying to remove yet another welded on yogurt

According to our school, it's so we can see how much they've eaten. In all honesty, I don't care that much

VivaLeBeaver Mon 29-Apr-13 17:23:18

I think the main reason is to save money on their refuse collection costs while telling parents its so they can see what their kids have eaten.

CloudsAndTrees Mon 29-Apr-13 17:23:57

We don't allow the uneaten contents of lunch boxes to be thrown away either.

isitsnowingyet Mon 29-Apr-13 17:24:20


Could I suggest a cube plastic washable lunch box (like what we got from Asda) which has 3 or 4 separate compartments. Also use those Frube yogurt things instead of yogurt in a pot. As for the houmous - errr just don't, as that did sound gross. Cheese sandwiches?

jamdonut Mon 29-Apr-13 17:25:13

They send it home so that you can see what has been eaten!

I thought all schools did this!

Shaiandbump Mon 29-Apr-13 17:25:13

So it's not just DS's shambles of a school.....


TheCowCalledMeg Mon 29-Apr-13 17:25:26

I will ban all skunk food.

This has only happened recently see.

HollyBerryBush Mon 29-Apr-13 17:25:29

Because it costs the school in refuse collections to take away your food.

The pig thing is now against some fangled H&S because I queried that.

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