Litter and Waste

Mr Joe Masterson, Ms. Paula Gordon, Fr. PJ McEvoy and Mrs Bray proudly raise the first Green Flag in May 2008

Our first Green Flag award focused on Litter and Waste.  We received the green flag in May 2008.  A lot of hard work went into achieving the prestigious award. Ms Paula Gordon is our Green-schools co-ordinator, she does a good job ensuring that all the children, teachers and parents get involved.

Children from first to sixth class are chosen for ‘The Green-schools committee’ to make sure we all do our part to keep our school clean.
Before the initiative started, much of our rubbish would have been going into 1 bin, heading straight for landfill.

Now, each class has 3 separate bins for sorting our rubbish: a compost bin for fruit waste; a blue bin for paper, card and recyclables; and finally a grey bin for rubbish.

Our compost bin

Other strategies to ensure we keep our litter and waste low are: photocopying on both sides of pages; scrap-paper boxes in every classroom; encouraging the use of re-usable lunch boxes and drinks bottles and also re-using materials for art creations; a school garden growing organic vegetables using our compost waste.

A pupil with a ‘no-waste lunch’

Each year the school also organises a Green Action Day. Everyone dressed up in green, all lessons are based on green activities and the whole school went out around the school collecting rubbish. It was a fun day out and ensured that our school was ‘spick and span’ before our assessment.

Clean-up campaign 2007

You can find out more information about the Green-schools programme from the Green Schools Ireland website.