Litter & Waste Flag

Here at Saint Pat’s we are very proud of our Litter and Waste Green flag.

Our first Green Flag award focused on Litter and Waste.  A lot of hard work went into achieving the prestigious award.

Our green schools committee do a great job ensuring that all the children, teachers and parents get involved.

Here is our Litter and Waste Action Plan.

Litter and Waste Action Plan

 

Target Person/ Group Responsible Timeframe Progress
Establish the Green School Committee All Staff September 2015 Completed
Green-School Committee Meetings to discuss green school topics Green-School Committee Every second Tuesday at lunch time Ongoing
Conduct a Litter and

Waste Environmental

Review to establish the current situation in the school.

Review & identify ways to reduce waste and improve recycling bins in each classroom.

Present findings to GS Committee

Green-Schools

Committee

October 2015 Completed
Discuss our Green School Policy with the parents of all new pupils to the school on the first day of school Principal September 2015 Completed
Begin monitoring the amount of waste going to landfill and to recycling Green-Schools

Committee

 

October 2015 Ongoing
Create a new Green Schools Committee Noticeboard in the school hall Green-Schools

Committee

 

October 2015 Ongoing
Hold a litter quiz to find out levels of awareness All Classes November 2015 Completed
Conduct a lunchbox survey- how many wrappers All classes November 2015 Completed
All staff and children to use a reusable lunch box and reusable bottle All staff and pupils November 2015 Completed
Encourage children to bring all food waste home in their lunch box All Classes October 2015 Ongoing
Continue rule of no food or drink to be taken out into the yard at break times. All staff. Green Schools Committee October 2015 Ongoing
Encourage children to avoid using tin foil/ cling film. Encourage small plastic boxes. All Staff. Green Schools Committee October 2015 Ongoing
Investigate composting in the school Green Schools Committee November 2015 Completed- new compost bin for staffroom
Continue to use the compost bin for school for food waste from the staffroom Green-Schools

Committee

 

September 2015

 

Ongoing
Ensure there are two labelled bins in every classroom (non-recycling, recycling) Green-Schools

Committee

 

October 2015 Completed
Establish a Litter Squad and Bin Wardens to conduct weekly litter pickups Green-Schools

Committee

 

November 2015 Completed- one class per month
Display Environmental

Review findings on

Notice Board

Green-Schools

Committee

 

November 2015 Completed
Reduce waste to

landfill by 30%

All staff and pupils

 

June 2015 Ongoing
Purchase a new recycling bin for the staffroom Green-Schools

Committee

October 2015 Completed
Inform parents of aims for the Green School programme and encourage recycling at home Green-Schools

Committee

November 2015 Completed
Upload our litter and waste action plan to the school website Green-Schools

Committee

February

2016

 Completed
Create posters to increase awareness of litter and waste issues All pupils January 2015  Completed
Create Halloween costumes from recycled materials All classes October 2015 Completed
Hold a competition to establish a new Green Code All pupils January 2015
Source battery recycling boxes from WEEE for office and send home for all pupils. Green-Schools

Committee

November 2015 Completed
Teachers will use scrap paper from their own classroom. Install a scrap box in every classroom for paper that can be reused.

 

Green-Schools

Committee

October 2015 Completed
Organise a visit from WEEE to talk to children Green Schools Committee
Continue to use Text a Parent Service and Parent Information Board to reduce the amount of letters and notes. Mrs O’ Toole/ Principal September 2015 Ongoing
Reduce the amount of notes from school to parents/ guardians Mrs O’ Toole/ Principal September 2015 Ongoing
Litter and Waste Lessons All staff September 2015 Ongoing
Recycling Pack for each classroom with signs, scrap paper box, labels for the classroom bins, information on litter, waste, energy conservation. Green School Committee October 2015 Completed
Informal lessons on litter, waste and recycling All staff September 2015 Ongoing
All Office Paper/ Envelopes to be kept for reuse and/or recycling Mrs O’ Toole/ Principal September 2015 Ongoing
Use visualizer to reduce the amount of photocopying All teachers September 2015 Ongoing
Give every child a recycling calendar to promote recycling at home Green School Committee January 2016 Completed
Reduce Photocopying by printing on both sides and/or reducing size of text of pages onto one A4 page. Display instructions beside photocopier. All staff September 2015 Ongoing
Fill in and submit

Application Form for

Green Flag

Green Schools Committee June 2016
Redo the Litter Quiz from last year to see if awareness has increased All classes June 2016
Hold a school Spring Clean All classes April 2016  Completed
Repeat an Environmental Review All classes June 2016
Continue monitoring waste sent to landfill All classes June 2016

 

This year, for Halloween, there were lots of prizes for children who made their costumes from recyclable materials.

We had a lot of fun coming up with exciting home-made costumes.

Recycable costumes (1) Recycable costumes (6) Recycable costumes (10) Recycable costumes (13) Recycable costumes (14) Recycable costumes (15) Recycable costumes (16) Recycable costumes (17) Recycable costumes (18) Recycable costumes (19) Recycable costumes (21) Recycable costumes (22) Recycable costumes (24) Recycable costumes (25) Recycable costumes (26)

On the 18.04.16 we had our Spring Clean.

We focused on our school garden. It is now in tip top shape and now ready to plant our seeds.

Garden clean up (1) Garden clean up (2) Garden clean up (3) Garden clean up (4) Garden clean up (5) Garden clean up (6) Garden clean up (7) Garden clean up (8) Garden clean up (9) Garden clean up (10)

On Friday 22.04.16 The Green Schools Community organised a Spring Clean of our school.

Each room was tackled with elbow grease and enthusiasm.

Thanks Ms Lane for all your hard work.

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