This year, the Green School committee of the Primary School decided to tackle the problem of our recycling bins. First of all we surveyed the “bin situation” for a week and took pictures, etc. We made new posters to inform people about what can or cannot go into the recycling and compost bins.
We had a Green School assembly to explain everything and to inform the pupils about the competition that was going to take place after the Easter holidays. The members of the Green School Committee were “bin watchers” to assist their peers and check that rubbish was being recycled appropriately.
Over the course of three weeks the bins were checked in each class. After two weeks we still identified recycling issues, so we had another assembly to explain once more what to put in each bin, with big new posters and practical examples.
Although we still find the occasional recycling error, the situation in the school has definitely improved and we have raised awareness among the students, with more children now thinking and asking about recycling than before.
Congratulations to the pupils of class 1A, the overall winners of the recycling competition. The prize for the most improved class during the last week of the competition goes to 4B – well done!
We hope to continue and improve the recycling work next year, not only in Primary but in the whole school.
by Anne Thielemans, Green School coordinator Primary School