At Sutton Valence Primary School, we make every effort to recycle as much as possible in order to make a difference in our community. We encourage our pupils to be conscientious - to care about themselves, their friends and family, their community and the environment. We recognise the responsibility to inspire our pupils to care about the planet, to examine the resources that we use to make our world sustainable, and to look at the consequences of using resources and therefore generating pollution and waste.
School helps to shape the habits that we continue as adults, and encouraging our pupils to take part in recycling now gives them a bigger incentive to carry on doing so at secondary school and into adulthood. We all learn as children the benefits of recycling, how easy it is to recycle with the right systems in place, and the actions we can all take to protect our planet. Through this, our pupils will help to transform our local community and further afield as we recycle more and more of the products we consume and the resources used to make them.
We are passionate about recycling in our school and are often looking for more programmes to implement, so please do support the initiatives that we are currently involved in and get in touch if you can offer advice or knowledge about additional schemes that we could look to put in place.
Current recycling schemes at our school:
- Crisp packets - children are encouraged to recycle any crisp packets they bring to school in their lunch boxes. Once collected, the crisp packets are sent off to be separated by plastic type, cleaned, and extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products.
- Writing instruments - as a school we use and dispose off a large quantity of writing instruments every academic year. We have recently signed up to recycle all depleted pens, markers, highlighters and more, and send them away to be cleaned and then melted into hard plastic that can be re-molded to make new recycled products.
- Used ink cartridges and toner cartridges
- Used postage stamps - The UK Air Ambulance Services are charities which receive no government funding and rely entirely on charitable donations to continue flying and responding to life threatening medical emergencies. AAKSS now recycle used postage stamps to raise funds and so we ask for all stamps, whether British or overseas, are brought into school so that they can be recycled in this way, with it raising funds for this life-saving charity as an extra bonus.
- Used batteries - The Big Battery Hunt is a nationwide battery recycling initiative funded by Duracell. Our pupils and staff have all been provided with a battery recycling box so that they can collect used batteries at home and bring them into school, where they are sent off to be recycled.
At our school recycling is becoming an efficient and normal part of our pupil's routine.
Sutton Valence Primary School is situationed in the lovely village of Sutton Valence.
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