It is a target for the Eco-Schools CAS project to improve how effectively we recycle as a school and to reduce waste, to alleviate the strain on the planet’s resources.
It is extremely important to think globally but even more important to act locally. Every decision we make and everything we do potentially has an environmental consequence, so we can all play our part on the Aiglon campus, or when out and about at the weekend, by making sensible decisions and challenging unsustainable practices. Here are just a few examples as to what we can all do to bring about positive change:
► On campus students and staff can consciously put their rubbish in the correct recycling bins so that green reps, heads of departments and house staff can ensure it gets recycled.
► We can aim to reduce printing and re-use paper on both sides before recycling it. We can get creative with recycling in art!
► Students can support The Cloud ‘re-usable’ cups scheme and return them instead of buying plastic café lattés. And don’t forget your reusable Aiglon water bottle on expeditions!
► Students and staff can pick up litter (and put it in the right bin) to keep our campus looking beautiful and to protect wildlife from eating it – this is always a good job for laps!
► We can all turn off computers and projectors, turn off lights and close windows when leaving classrooms, offices and bedrooms, as this is a waste of energy and the Earth’s resources.
► We can also ensure that we eat the locally-prepared delicious food served at meal times rather than opting for over-packaged, artificial, unhealthy fast-food which has often travelled thousands of miles to get to you!
The Green Council has been collecting data on how many black bin bags are ordered and used in houses annually and we will soon publish this information so that we can discuss how much waste each boarding house currently produces and how achievable targets can be set to improve on these results.
Perhaps we can set this as a whole school challenge – or even an Inter-house competition – to get us all recycling more effectively!