Watch your Waste Project
****NEW**** Check out our most recent Waste Reduction Education Pack here: Education Pack
ecoACTIVE are very excited to launch their ecoACTIVE SEN 3R’s TEACHER PACK
The new pack for teaching about the 3Rs in a special educational needs setting, is full of useful information, lesson plans and resources for you to enjoy with your class or community group. Get in touch and tell ecoACTIVE how waste reduction is working in your school!
You can also access our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Pack!
ecoACTIVE currently runs many successful recycling education programmes in London schools, which contribute to the increase in school recycling, and subsequent reduction in waste being sent to the Edmonton incinerator. However, recycling still deals with the consequences of waste, which can be costly and uses energy in the process. So wouldn’t it be better to avoid creating the waste in the first place?
The Waste Hierarchy dictates that there is an order in which we should look at waste:
- Reduce: to produce less waste in the first place (eg. opting for products with least packaging)
- Reuse: to use an item repeatedly (eg. refilling a mineral water bottle with tap water to drink)
- Recycle: to process used materials (waste) into new products (eg. borough council recycling).
- Landfill or Incineration: the very last option if processes 1, 2 and 3 above are not possible.
World of Difference pilot programme
In Spring 2012, Vodafone’s World of Difference programme helped fund a pilot Waste Reduction Project in 2 London Borough of Hackney primary schools: Benthal and Lauriston. As these schools were already recycling successfully, the aim of this project was to help them reduce and reuse more of their waste.
“You have fitted in a lot of things, and it seems to be going very well. We are interested in the long term results” Venti Costantini, Sustainability Co-Ordinator, Benthal Primary School 2012
Maripaz, ecoACTIVE’s Education Assistant, trialled many waste reduction activities during the project, and shared her experiences via her World of Difference blog.
“By the end of the programme, 91% of pupils knew about the Waste Hierarchy: that to ‘Reduce’ is more important than just to ‘Recycle’. This compares to just 31% at the start of the project” Maripaz de San Miguel Brinquis, Waste Reduction Project 2012
In order to assist schools in reducing and reusing their waste, Maripaz is currently writing a Teacher’s Information Pack, which will be available to download here.
Watch your Waste Project
After the success of the pilot, the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is now funding ecoACTIVE to run a similar waste reduction project from September 2015 to March 2016 in 7 primary schools in 7 North London boroughs: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.
ecoACTIVE will run a 5 week programme in each school, involving baseline waste audits, pupil’s action plan campaigns to encourage whole-school waste reduction, and completion of a final waste audit around a month after their action plans have been implemented. A table of results will be uploaded to this webpage and assessed, to ascertain the success of the programme in each school.
Further support has been offered from ecoACTIVE, such as staff INSET sessions, and further sessions exploring ‘Reducing, Reusing or Recycling’ in more depth. ecoACTIVE will also be providing support via our website, with participants using the comments section below to communicate their progress whilst on the programme or discuss any queries.
We will be holding a celebration event and competition at the culmination of the project to share successes and congratulate all the staff and pupils who have taken part.
Watch your Waste Discussion Space
Welcome to ecoACTIVE’s Watch your Waste discussion space! Please use the comments box below to share your waste reduction tips, queries and general comments.
examples of ecoACTIVE’s work with schools
- Powerful Plastics
Visit our plastics page to see what London schools are doing to help solve the problems with plastic.
with children and schools
- Eco Schools & Green Teams
Jubilee Eco-Warriors and becoming an eco-school at City Academy
- Energy & Climate Change
Find out about Energy and Climate Change, and the actions local communities are taking to save waste and save money.
- Outdoor Learning
find out about ecoACTIVE’S work out of the classroom
- Waste & Recycling
Hackney Green Champions, recycling at Linden Children’s Centre and creating a waste action plan at Morningside school
- Waste Reduction
Watch your Waste Project & schools discussion space
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- Powerful Plastics