Lunches brought to schools by either students or parents/domestic helpers are usually packed in reusable containers.
Parents could prepare the right amount of food for their children resulting in less food waste.
This may be regarded as an optional arrangement.
Meals (including rice, vegetables and meat) are cooked, packed in boxes, and delivered to classrooms by suppliers licensed by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) as food factories for supplying meal boxes.
The containers used are washable for reuse. Cutlery used is also reusable.
Durable containers may have a lifespan of 2 years, and could be recycled.
The containers are usually washed by lunch suppliers for the convenience of schools.
Food waste can be reduced if the amount of food portioned is adjusted according to students' age. However, this is not as flexible and effective as ‘on-site meal portioning’.