More recycling and less landfill
School has always recycled waste paper and cardboard and plastic milk bottles etc. This term we have added other waste items to our recycling efforts. We collect batteries and bread bags now. We even collect drinks can ring pulls and crisp packets. Please feel free to join in and encourage our children to recycle these items whenever they can.
So how do these schemes work.
The aluminium ring pulls are for the Purple Community Fund which send them to some very poor communities in countries such as Philippines and Tanzania. Destitute families that try and survive on waste tips, make craft items from the ring pulls, which they then sell to earn a living. Each ring pull can be worth 3 pence when made into a ‘designer’ clutch bag. You can buy these products. A very ‘green’ and thoughtful gift. See www.p-c-f.org/
Batteries are recycled as part of the E.R.P. program. The chemicals and metals are all separated and re-used saving them from landfill. Materials in batteries include cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel, lithium and electrolytes. When thrown into household waste they end up in landfill. The battery casing corrodes and chemicals leach into the soil and make their way into our water supply. Eventually they reach the ocean.
Given that the U.K. throws away 600 million batteries a year - that’s 20,000 tonnes – it’s important that we try and recycle all our batteries. So why not get them to our school? Pop them in a paper bag and ask your child to recycle them with us. They will then be Green Champions.
Please remember that rechargeable batteries are much better for the environment.
The Walkers / Terracycle Crisp Packet Recycling scheme accepts many brands. Unfortunately ‘home’ brands such as Lidl or Aldi crisp packaging cannot be recycled.
These packets are cleaned, shredded, melted and made into pellets that go on to become new plastic items. Examples are outdoor furniture and decking, pallets, watering cans, flooring tiles and even playground surface covers.
We collect crisp packets within school and would welcome your packets from home as well. Please encourage your children to bring them in. It’s another waste stream we can divert from landfill to a useful new life. It will also show our children how to care for our environment.