Recycle! Do it for the Kids

Mr Rowe has recently conducted assemblies for the whole school about using our four new recycling bins, which were made by our students in enrichment sessions last term.

The new bins are to collect plastic bottles and tins only at present, but in addition to this, HCC are very excited to be involved in the new Walkers Crisps recycling scheme, whereby we will soon be able collect empty crisp packets. “The crisp packets are cleaned and shredded to turn them into plastic pellets. These pellets are then transformed into park benches, plant pots, watering cans and cool bags.” 

The collected packets are also exchanged for reward points.


Mr Rowe has enlisted the help of students to collect the recycling on a Friday morning. Not enough recycling is done is school, but Mr Rowe also faced the obstacle that Torridge District Council do not have the facility to collect recycling from our school, without it incurring a cost. We are hoping to be able to source a collector for free.  

We were horrified to discover that all of the school’s waste currently goes to landfill, but with the pressures on school budgets, we simply cannot afford to pay a contractor to remove our recycling.

We are passionate about environmental issues and want to change the way we dispose of the majority of our waste. We are also hoping to promote and eventually become a single use plastic free zone. We have started with the food containers used in the canteen, which can be recycled and are hoping to ultimately replace single use plastic within the school. The problem is, even when we do make the change to use biodegradable products, all that happens is that they end up in a plastic bag in landfill!


There are a number of projects being introduced around the school to help us make these changes, but we need everyone on board. It is everyone’s responsibility to make these changes.



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Meet the Recycling Team!

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

Thank you.

Mr Rowe