PUPILS at Amman Valley Comprehensive School have been learning about reducing, reusing and recycling their waste.
The school organised a range of activities during Recycle Week including a litter pick and ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ cookery classes, supported by Carmarthenshire County Council.
Children from years seven and eight took part in a clean-up of the school grounds, in partnership with Tidy Towns, and collected 28 bags of recyclable waste and another 12 bags of general waste. Council officers also spoke to the pupils about the consequences of dropping litter – from its environmental impact to the cost of cleaning it up as well as the risk of prosecution and fines.
Chef Lisa Fearn, who runs Pumpkin Patch cookery and gardening school near Carmarthen, took part in the food technology lessons for years seven and eight. The theme for this year’s Recycle Week was ‘Food for Thought’ and Lisa talked to the children about using leftovers to make meals and how to reduce food waste in general.
A ‘don’t bin it, bring it’ event was also held by the council, in partnership with DHL Enviro Solutions, at Amman Valley Leisure Centre to raise awareness that small electrical items such as kettles, hairdryers and power tools can be recycled and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) workshops were held with pupils.
Executive board member for the environment Cllr Philip Hughes said: “I am very impressed with the number of activities that were held during Recycle Week at Amman Valley School. It is important that we reduce and recycle as much of our waste as possible and Recycle Week was about sharing information about what we can recycle in Carmarthenshire. Everyone knows that you can recycle paper and tins, but few of us realise that items such as batteries and electricals can also be recycled.”
Amman Valley School is committed to becoming greener and has already achieved the Silver award under the Eco Schools programme.
Eco school co-ordinator Nathan Goddard said: “The pupils really enjoyed the day and learnt a great deal about what they can recycle. It is important to get the message across that we can all do something to help the environment and reduce our impact.”
CAPTION: Amman Valley pupils with council officers Tina Brice and Chris Phillips and Amanda Williams from DHL Enviro Solutions (above).
CAPTION: Chef Lisa Fearn and daughter Aimee with Amman Valley pupils Jack Philips, Kyle Grazette, Shannon Ellis and Nicola Robathan (below).