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Enterprising Chase Terrace students learn about recycling issues

Sam Heele, Emily Baggott, Katie Jordan, and Oliver Tooth with recycling caddies

Sam Heele, Emily Baggott, Katie Jordan, and Oliver Tooth with recycling caddies

Pupils at Chase Terrace Technology College have been learning about issues involved in waste and recycling.

The two-day enterprise day course, organised by Lichfield District Council, aimed to encourage 12 and 13 year-olds to think about the issues involved in waste and recycling.

On the first day the pupils were split into 15 groups, and set the task of creating a brand new waste and recycling service for the district. They looked at the financial and operational practicalities of their service, while bearing in mind the needs and desires of local people.

As part of their assignment, they were also encouraged to think up ways to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill – including looking at the alternatives to disposable nappies!

Christine Cole, Lichfield District Council’s Recycling and Street Scene Development Officer, said:

“This kind of project is really important for young people as they often don’t realize the complexities involved when creating a waste and recycling service that works. Throughout the day it was interesting to see how the groups began to think about the wider issues, and I hope it has given them an insight into running a good service.”

The pupils were also introduced to the Love Food, Hate Waste Campaign, which is all about reducing the amount of food we send to landfill.

Two officers from the Staffordshire Waste Partnership lead the session. They started off by asking pupils to think about why we waste so much in today’s society.

Emma Ray, Waste Minimisation Officer for Staffordshire Waste Partnership, said:

“Around a third of all the food we buy ends up being thrown in the bin and most of this could have been eaten. Producing and transporting food has a huge impact on our carbon footprint, and we are trying to make people think twice before they throw away perfectly good food. With this in mind, we asked the group to take away and complete food waste diaries which will encourage them to think about ways we can use up leftover food – such as cooking more than you need and freezing the rest, or turning overripe fruit into smoothies. They came up with loads of ideas and I hope they will share these tips with their families.”

At the end of the project, the students were given Love Food, Hate Waste recipe cards and a free kitchen caddy, so they can recycle any food that can’t be re-used – such as banana peel or tea bags – in their brown bins.

Stuart Wilson, Head of IAG at Chase Terrace Technology College, added:

“This has been a fascinating two days, and I’m sure the teachers have all learnt something too. I have been really impressed with year 8 who have worked hard and had some excellent ideas. I’d like to thank our waste and recycling experts who I’m sure have changed the way we all look at ‘rubbish’ forever.”

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