At Leamington Community Primary school we REUSE, RECYCLE, REPAIR and REDUCE.
Our Eco Warriors
At Leamington Community Primary School we have a fantastic group of children who are our Eco Warriors. Two children are elected from each class and they attend at least one Eco Meeting every half term. The Eco Warriors have a range of responsibilities in their classrooms and throughout school.
Reducing waste at Leamington.
We are reducing our waste by making sure any paper and other recyclable materials are put into our recycle bins. Our monitors are regularly checking that energy is being conserved and materials are being recycled.
How to get involved at home.
One of the most exciting things about being a parent is teaching your child new skills, values and talents. So why not invest quality time teaching them how to keep their planet clean, green and beautiful – for all our futures?
Children love being given responsibilities for special tasks. So enthuse them about recycling and get them to help you with the task of collecting and sorting all the household recyclable waste each week.
A good way to start is to involve them in how and where you store recyclable items – this may mean organising separate bins for paper, plastics, cardboard and so on. Get them to help you when cooking, too, as they can open packets, decide what can be recycled and put them in the correct bin.
Have a talk with your children about what products can be recycled, why it’s important and which are the most easily re-used substances. You can also discuss how you can reduce the amount of packaging you buy in the first place. You may find the kids come up with surprising insights, such as buying large, rather than individual, size drinks.
If you usually buy vegetables from supermarkets in plastic bags, take the kids to your nearest greengrocer and let them choose loose fruit and vegetables instead. And you can be happy knowing they are getting the freshest, most nutritious produce available, that hasn’t sat in a supermarket warehouse.
If you don’t have a doorstep collection, work a visit to the recycling centre into your weekly shop. Kids love throwing bottles into the glass bins to hear them smash. Once in a while, gather together items, such as batteries and old electronics, that must go to a more specialised centre, then follow up the trip with some fun at the park.
Five Top Tips for Creating Little Eco-Warriors
- Get a swap group organised with local mums, at playgroup or school. Swap your outgrown clothes and toys for ones that are more appropriate for your child.
- Talk to your teacher about taking old household products into school to be used in art projects. Encourage them to buy recycled or sustainable stationery and give your kids recycled pencil cases and lunchboxes.
- Use the car less. Walk your children to school to give them some daily exercise and cut down on harmful carbon emissions. Use public transport as much as possible. What kid doesn’t love sitting at the front of a bus’s top deck?
- Teach kids about carbon emissions from household use by getting them to help load the washing machine or dishwasher fully before running it (or wash up by hand) and encourage them to turn off televisions, games consoles and computers.
- Save water by turning off the tap when cleaning teeth and by bathing together – up to a certain age, at least. Get them to turn off lights and close doors in winter to conserve energy.