Well done to our newly appointed Eco Warriors! Umish, Megia, Lilianna, Zuzanna, Penelope, Amina, Amber, Luciano, Hamzah, Rahmah, Anaya and Haani.
School Council need you!!! We are very excited to announce that our School Council will be recruiting Eco Warriors, who will be working hard to encourage the rest of the school to become more eco - friendly!
Why do we want Eco Warriors?
Being an Eco Warrior is an ideal opportunity for our pupils to get more involved in the way our school is run and help us to be more environmentally friendly. It provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made. Eco Warriors take on the responsibility of expressing their own views, but also the views of their peers as well as passing on information from eco meetings. As an Eco Warrior. pupils have the opportunity to develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation.
Who can be an Eco Warrior?
Any child at St Peter's can become an Eco Warrior. Our School Council will be creating a person specification and if your children would like to apply to be an Eco Warrior they can! Each class will vote for two Eco Warriors to represent their class.
What will our Eco Warriors do?
Our Eco Warriors will help to care for out school environment: they will help others to follow our eco-code, monitor our energy use in school and encourage teachers and children to recycle. Eco Warriors will take part in discussions and votes and feedback any relevant information to their class. Members will meet regularly with Mrs Cunningham and Mrs Crowther to discuss their ideas.
Some recycling facts and figures:
- Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in landfill could be recycled.
- An estimated 13 billion plastic bottles are disposed of each year, but more than 285,000 tonnes, or 6.28 billion plastic bottles, are not recycled. This costs local councils £24.3m in disposal costs.
- Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W light bulb for up to 6 hours.
- Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonnes of carbon. 1 tonne = 25,000 plastic bottles.
- 65% of UK local authorities provide a recycling collection for plastic bottles.
- The UK produces over 9 billion drinks cans every year.
- There are over 2.5 billion cans recycled in the UK each year – that’s a saving of 125,000 tonnes of solid waste every year. Stretched end to end, these recycled cans would stretch three quarters of the way round the world.
- 90% of all drinks cans sold in the UK every year are made of aluminium.
- Making one aluminium drinks can from raw materials uses the same amount of energy that it takes to recycle 20 aluminium drinks cans, and the energy saved by recycling just one aluminium drinks can is enough to run a television for 3 hours.
- Each average UK household uses approximately 600 steel cans and 500 glass bottles and jars per year.
- Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfill will never decompose.
- All steel cans can be recycled – they can be recycled over and over again, into anything from cars and bicycles to more steel cans.
- 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used annually in the UK.
- Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials, and every tonne of paper recycled saves 17 trees.
- Each year in the UK we throw away over 600 million batteries and over 20,000 tonnes of batteries are sent to landfill.
- Electrical goods are the fastest growing waste stream in the UK, growing by 5% each year.
- 15 million mobile phones are upgraded in the UK each year – laid from end to end they would reach from John O’Groats to Lands End.
- We throw away more than 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year from our homes, most of which could have been safely consumed. Wasting food costs the average family £420 a year and the CO2 impact would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 5 cars off the road.
- 1/2 a recycled banana peel could generate enough electricity to charge an iPod/iPhone/smartphone.
- 35 recycled teabags would power a TV for an hour