During the summer term, I decided that for an enrichment activity it would be a great idea to make something that would be useful around the school. I noticed that unfortunately as a school we do very little recycling; we have a large amount of daily waste, which unfortunately ends up in black bags and ultimately ends up in landfill. After various discussions with colleagues and outside agencies, I researched the possibility of developing our own bins.
Here are my team; they have been awesome this term!
In September, this group of students joined me every Wednesday afternoon for 1 hour and they immediately embraced the challenge. They began to research options for everything from logos to bin design and manufacturing. They worked in groups contacting local businesses and focussed on developing our own design.
The students in Key Stage 3 were also working on the sustainability of plastics in Design and Technology, which really helped them to understand the global problems we all face with our daily use of plastic and its disposal. All students were particularly shocked to realise that every piece of plastic ever manufactured still exists and takes over a thousand years to break down…
As part of this enrichment activity , they have made four recycling bins for use around the College.
Tamar Trading, who supplied all the pallets to construct the frame, generously donated the raw materials. RGB also helped by supplying the blue stain at a discount price. Greenfield Engineering have manufactured the bin lids and side supports; a big thank you to Mitchell Cisneros, ex HCC pupil, who has helped get these manufactured.
We plan to launch our new recycling system in the New Year; ideally, we can all help by keeping them relatively empty. The majority of students use a reusable drinks flask in school, but we still have a huge turnover of single use plastic bottles and cans, which could go to be recycled into something else.
The plan is that a small number of ‘Recycling Champions’ can help me monitor the use of the bins and that we can all do our bit for the environment. Each bin has been designed to hold a standard ‘dumpy bag’. If anyone in the community is able to donate one of these, then they would be greatly received.
If you can help please contact me Nrowe@hcc.devon.sch.uk.