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Own challenge secret water - recycling
Posted by Danville Park Girls' High School, South Africa on 29 August 2018
Paper recycling
Paper recycling

This is our own challenge under secret water. Recycling has always been part of our school ethos. This challenge involves getting the whole school involved in recycling and saving secret water. Recycling bins are set up around the school for cans (collected by Collect-a Can), plastic (collected in orange bags from outside the school), glass (take to Hypermarket for recycling), batteries (take to Hypermarket), and computer cartridges (collected for reuse). Organic waste from the tuck shop and egg boxes from Consumer Studies are turned into compost and worm wee in our worm farm. Every classroom has a paper recycling bin. A weekly inter-class paper recycling competition stimulates rivalry to earn a prize each term and a trophy at the end of the year. Class teachers encourage pupils to bring paper from home every Wednesday. Paper is brought to a central point where it is measured. This is advertised every week in the school’s daily notices and on our environmental notice board. The results are updated every week on the environmental board so that classes can see how they are doing. Our paper is collected by Mpact. Pupils are also encouraged to bring cans, batteries and computer cartridges from home. 

Grade 11 Life Sciences pupils visit the Mariannhill Landfill Site every year. Waste management forms part of the grade 11 and 12 curriculum. The Grade 11’s than do a project on waste management in their homes. This gives us an indication of how much excessive waste is being sent to landfill sites which could be recycled or reused. And that we should be reducing what we buy to cut down on waste. Families of Grade 11 pupils also have to be involved in the waste management and this creates an awareness beyond the gates of our school

During recycling week this year, every pupil has been challenged to bring paper through the gate of the school and they will receive a sweet and a sticker. Danville will also participate in the International Coastal Clean-up at the end of recycling week, picking up litter that has mainly been washed down our rivers and landed on our beaches.  

Recycling waste saves landfill space, resources and water.

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