Visits to some public schools in Bali reveal how much unhealthy food and snacks are available in the canteens. The vendors are normally associates of teachers or parents who have very little knowledge about nutrition. Most food sold is either processed or wrapped in plastic. It is understandable that selling ready-made snacks is easier for them to serve and takes less time to eat (students do not get much time for breaks). Chips, crisps, chocolate, cookies, instant noodles and a lot of local brands of snacks are commonly sold by vendors. Some home-made snacks are also available but they mostly contain a lot of sugar, salt or saturated fat. These snacks are normally also packed in plastic. Main meals like rice with meat and vegetables are sometimes available but they are usually not freshly made and are served in disposable plastic containers or on a plate with plastic-layered paper wrap so that dish washing is not required. However, it seems that vendors do not understand that this amount of waste will have a big impact on the environment.

Beverages sold in Bali’s school canteens are mostly sweetened drinks like tea or fruit juice, soda and water in plastic bottles or cups. Having a reusable water bottle is not a norm within Indonesia in general, so whenever students want to drink normally they go to the canteen and buy either bottled sugary drinks or water. Plastic cups or bottles normally dominate the food waste in these schools.