Somerset Schools are embracing the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” message thanks to the Schools Against Waste project. Started in 2018, the project is a partnership between environmental education charity Carymoor Environmental Trust and Somerset Waste Partnership and aims to raise awareness of the waste problem and encourage ways that schools can make a difference through practicing the 3Rs.
The education team has visited over 130 primary schools since the project began and has now reached over 25,000 children through an assembly and 9500 children have taken part in a workshop.
Carymoor Chief Executive, Rupert Farthing, said: “The reaction to the project has been brilliant and we really want to reach every primary school in Somerset. There is real enthusiasm from children and staff to make a difference and to take the message home to parents too. Whether you’re reducing waste in your packed lunch by avoiding single use plastics or using a reusable water bottle, it all helps to reduce waste to landfill and save energy and resources.”
Feedback from both teachers and children has been very positive indeed:
“They enjoyed every minute – they were engaged throughout. They found the size of landfill very surprising and I think they will consider whether they need things more carefully in the future.” Berkley Primary School
“The children loved the visit and really enjoyed the workshops. The assembly was particularly engaging and Gary managed to get the whole school singing and participating. Everyone was so impressed by his enthusiasm for his job and he inspired all of us to want to do more for the environment.” Castle Primary School
Children from High Ham Primary had some great feedback about how the project had opened their eyes to the waste issue. Theo said “I was shocked at the size of a landfill site. I’m definitely going to recycle, reuse and hopefully reduce the amount of rubbish we have.” Ben said “I feel really sorry for all the birds in the landfill site eating all the plastic. I’m going to try and not use as much plastic.” Isabel said “I’m going to try and recycle more things especially clothes and shoes.”
If your primary school would like to arrange a visit from the Schools Against Waste team visit www.carymoor.org.uk for more information.
Pictured is Gary Hunt from the team with children from West Monkton Church of England Primary School.