Pupils Discover the Truth About Rubbish
Our pupils had a rubbish time, ‘litter-ally’, at Carymoor Environmental Trust last week. Children in Year 2 and 6 learned all about waste and were even given the opportunity to visit a working landfill site. Seeing first-hand where our waste ends up, provided a powerful and stark reminder to the group about the importance of trying to reduce the amount of waste we produce.
Our Year 2s visited the centre as part of their 'Eco-Warriors' topic. The group had a great time becoming eco-pirates and following the 3 Rs - reduce, re-use and recycle. The trust, which has a zero waste policy, encourages the children to enjoy a waste free lunch and even has its on 'Waste Free' leader board. The group were determined to beat last year's score of 32nd place, and they did exactly that! The Year 2s are now proud winners, placing 1st alongside the Year 6s.
During the afternoon, the group travelled to an underground bunker that demonstrated how buried waste changes over the year. The difference between waste from the 1970s to today was shocking! The children also saw the rubbish being deposited from the back of lorries - this naturally sparked a number of interesting questions.
As part of their trip, Year 6 visited a replica of Kroo Bay, a well-known shanty town in Sierra Leone, where they witnessed how others live in more deprived parts of the world.
These are some of the pupils’ thoughts from the day:
“At the Carymoor Landfill Site we had a talk from Beth on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We learned that the landfill site has already filled an area as big at 55 football pitches, but we only guessed around 10-15. We also got to see how much rubbish is going into landfill, but were told that there is going to be a new incinerator opening in Bristol that will burn all our rubbish from December 2019.”
“In poorer areas around the world, people recycle a lot of materials to make useful objects like purses, toys and much more. It was also cool how they made their homes out of unwanted things.”
“Some food cannot be composted – if it has been cooked it attracts too many rodents!”
“I was very surprised to find out how big the landfill site was, and that the waste goes 15 meters down into the ground. I also learned that we can recycle crisp packets!”
“We made bracelets out of old magazines and if we used more of our rubbish like this, it will help to stop so much going into landfill.”
“Our planet is being polluted because we are making so much rubbish and putting it in a hole in the earth. So please do something about it and recycle – thank you!”
Clearly this visit had a positive impact on the thoughts of our children, and hopefully, they will be able to spread this message of ‘reduce, reuse and recyle’.
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