Over the last couple of weeks, Team Green has been cleaning out the drains in the North Block of our school.
The amount of rubbish we found in the drains was frankly disgraceful. In just one drain we found 167 pieces of rubbish, some of which could be reused. For instance, we found two scissors and two spoons, both in good condition.
Pretty messed up!
Rubbish from ONE drain!
Our school community needs to reduce our waste.
In order to protect our waterways, we placed two layers of mesh netting in the drains. This will prevent the rubbish from getting caught in our drains and creating more environmental damage.
Our school’s goal should be to reduce the amount of rubbish we produce. We can substitute our single-use plastic for more environmentally friendly options. As you can see in the picture above, several plastic straws and plastic packaging are displayed. Alternatively, we can replace these things with reusable items such as metal straws, beeswax wraps and keep cups to make our school grounds more environmentally friendly.
Each individual can make changes to create a greener future. Every small change makes a big difference: replacing plastic bags with reusable ones, recycling what can be recycled, picking up litter, etc…
Litter harvested on our school grounds in just ONE day!!
OUR SCHOOL NEEDS TO CHANGE!
Fundraisers & Christmas gifts
We are selling Plants, currently for sale in the teachers’s yard: Spider plants, Aloe Vera $5 each
2019 Upper Clutha Calendars $20 each: Team Green receives $3 for each calendar sold, available in the staff room.
End of Year “do” in the Park
Enjoying cake and fair trade chocolate in the tall grass in Lismore Park, we discussed what went well this year and what we want to do next year. We are quite proud of our achievements this year:
- three worms farms,
- a fun scavenger hunt,
- a school wide tree planting event…
Next year, we plan to:
- repeat our recycle-well campaign
- organise food waste management better
- work on energy savings, divest our school from coal, more solar panels (needs lots of money for that!)
- So fundraising will continue with fair trade bake sales and plant sales -as above!
- We are chuffed to be invited by the architects to contribute to the new buildings concepts
It would be great if senior students would join us, we could then have several projects going.
Tree planting Photos
Thank you for a wonderful Tree Planting effort, 52 trees given a chance to strive in 30 minutes! Please note the love and care that was given in the action! Well done MAC! Long live Herbet and mates! 😉 Keep sending photos to email@example.com so they are added to the slideshow here.
Thank you to Ziptrek, the sponsor of our trees!
There are now 3 RED Wheelie bins for food waste. They are located together with a waste and recycling bin in the quad near the library, up the junior block, and near the play area.
Please put all food leftovers in the RED wheelie bin but no wrapper, and no citrus.
We have installed worms farms. We will feed the worms. Please do not disturb the worms so leave the white buckets closed.
Adding the worms in the buckets
Installing the buckets in the ground
During the Climate Friendly School workshop, Team Green students decided to focus on collecting food waste and establishing a compost in term 2.
We invited Wastebusters Dr Compost to explain about compost and for some guidance on how to start: a food waste audit. We decide to collect the food waste from two classes for two weeks. It is probably not enough but we are a small group and only have 45 minutes per week!
Week One: We designed a poster, contacted teachers in charge, and sourced bins. We choose a Year 7 and a year 8 class.
Week Two: we installed the bins in the two rooms with the posters on them and talked to the teachers -who had both agreed- so that they promote their use to their students. We created a system and a roster to go and empty the bins.
Week Three: No one had emptied to bins! So we go and do this together, it is quite hard work, smelly! And cleaning the bins is also a messy business.
Week-Four: We go again to empty the bins and weigh the result:
7.5kg of food waste collected in 2 weeks from 2 classes
- There were no wrappers in them. That’s very good. Only one paper napkin found in 2 weeks.
- There is lots of citrus and bread
- There are many fruit stickers. And we know they do not compost.
- There is less food waste the second week than the first. Did people forget? Is it too difficult to open the lid?
- It is difficult to wash the bins. We need a brush. And a place to empty the water with food leftovers in it. People will wash their own bins so we need to make it easy.
- A teacher comments the bin were too big for her class. So we put it out. Will we have a bucket -with lid- per class or a central bigger bin?