DEVELOPING GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP THROUGH SUSTAINABILITY THEMES ACROSS HIGHLAND SCHOOLS AND CENTRES
ECO TOPIC [HIGHLIGHT]: WASTE/ENERGY
School / Associated Schools / Centre: Crown Primary School Date of sending this completed template:
National and Local Outcomes [we will complete this section for you as part of the Highland Council work towards achieving the Single Outcome Agreement]
1. Planned Outcomes for Learners - BETTER AWARENESS OF MEASURED CARBON FOOTPRINT AND POTENTIAL FOR REDUCTION OF
CARBON FROM ENERGY AND WASTE ACROSS HIGHLAND
2. LOWER CARBON EMISSIONS
3. MORE NETWORKING TO SHARE PRACTICE AND IDEAS ACROSS SCHOOLS IN HIGHLAND
4. CAPACITY BUILDING FOR FURTHER ROLL – OUT ACROSS THE AUTHORITY.
A brief introduction to your project
Pupils took part in a waste audit on Tuesday 20 March with support from the
Highland Council Tec Services. The pupils collected and sorted waste from
around the school, inside and out. There were many categories of waste and
each individual piece of waste was sorted. The eco committee took it in turns to
help sort the waste throughout the day and were so efficient that they even
managed to finish earlier than planned! The purpose of the waste audit was to
see how our school was doing with the 3R’s and look at ways that we could
improve our waste reduction and therefore in turn reducing our carbon footprint.
How many children has it benefited? How many adults involved? Any
Pupils, staff and parents were not aware of the waste audit taking place so that
we got a clear and true picture of how much waste, we as a school produced in
the course of one day.
We had a whole school assembly on Wednesday 21 March to share what we
had found out during the audit. This was led by the Eco Committee. The
children were surprised to see so many plastic bottles and tetra juice packs.
The Eco Committee decided to tackle the issue of the water bottles and began
a survey to see how many children were reusing water bottles rather than
throwing them away daily. They also spoke at an assembly, encouraging the
school to keep going and telling them that improvements had already been
made after only a few days.
A letter went home in school bags to let everyone know the result of the audit
and the areas that we would be working on as a result – composting, water
bottles and waste free lunches.
What benefits has your project had for learners?
Pupils have a better idea of how much waste we are making in school and
realise that this costs money. We are trying to save money so we can spend
more on school learning opportunities and also reduce the impact that we are
having on the environment.
More children are bringing reusable water bottles to school rather than
throwaway bottles and waste free lunches have been re-launched.
Pupils are learning about the new recycling system in Highland Council so that
will help to encourage them both at school and at home. They will then
hopefully tell someone at home what they have learned so that the good
message continues. The children have also been reminded about composting
and one of the teachers will be leading a citizenship group that will have a focus
on this aspect.
Data – footprint Nov 2011/ April 2012?
Next steps for the project
We will carry out another waste audit in either six months or a year to
see if we have reduced the amount of waste we are sending to landfill.
Continue to encourage waste free lunches at school and the use of
Use the compost made in the school garden.
Partner Organisations & Leader Officers: Which partners within your community have helped you achieve the planned outcomes? Pupils, Parents and Staff.
Highland Council Tec Services – Waste Aware. QIO – Julie Barton.