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Waste looks at the five Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle.

The current situation:

  • Around one bin of food (240L) is generated each day in the Dining Room. Although this waste is used for compost and the “grey water” generated as part of the process is also recycled, we feel that we could cut this waste down
  • We took part in Waste Week 2019 – read the Junior School newsletter for more information
  • The Senior Leadership Team are monitoring children’s trays as they finish their lunch to reduce food waste
  • There have been lots of discussions in assemblies about asking for smaller portions/only taking what you want
  • We have introduced a ‘no waste queue in the dining room to encourage pupils to take only what they will eat
  • Battery recycling box has been set up in reception in the Junior School and in the different sights in the Senior School
  • Food waste is sent away and burnt to electricity
  • Bin in the Junior School playground with new signage – recycled items/food waste/general waste
  • All Junior School classrooms have a recycling bin
  • Use of hand dryers in the toilets instead of paper towels
  • All of our cardboard is recycled
  • Grounds have been recycling workshop waste – such as engine oil, transmission oil, waste rags, packaging, etc. – with Acumen Waste Services since 2002
  • For the past five years Grounds have been recycling all types of batteries
  • The green waste gathered by Grounds is handled by Premier Waste Services. They company, who are committed to reducing their carbon footprint through continuous monitoring and management, have a transfer station for rubbish which sorts it out into the various parts of mixed waste
  • Grounds have a scrap metal recycle skip for old sports goals, other sports equipment, machine parts, etc. This is weighed and the money raised goes back into the Bursary
  • Educate the pupils about the impact of food waste on the environment
  • Gather the opinions of the pupils and catering staff
  • Look into a study done on the flow of pupils through the Dining Room
  • Take part in Waste Week
  • Posters on bins to ensure that everyone knows which bin is for paper recycling
  • Aim to recycle as much as we can – including furniture, old PC’s, equipment, etc.
  • Help to organise the World book day book swap
  • We recycled Christmas cards and wrapping paper to make Christmas decorations

Our plans:

  • We plan to visit a waste recycling centre to have a better understanding of what happens to our household waste
  • We aim to increase the number of no waste queues in the Dining Hall from one to two
  • We would like to encourage more classrooms to use bactericidal and virucidal sprays rather than disposable wipes
  • To make bottle top art to illustrate the amount of plastic that we use and throw away

What could be done at home:

  • Speak to your children about reducing food waste at home
  • Discuss the importance of recycling
  • Send children to school with a reusable water bottle