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All Saints pupils get to know their rubbish

PUBLISHED: 16:59 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 11 August 2010

AFTER discovering just how much rubbish a school produces every day, green thinking pupils have decided to make a change. Sixteen youngsters from All Saints School, in Wood Lane, Dagenham took part in an Action Waste Training day, to learn how their seco

AFTER discovering just how much rubbish a school produces every day, green thinking pupils have decided to make a change.

Sixteen youngsters from All Saints School, in Wood Lane, Dagenham took part in an Action Waste Training day, to learn how their secondary school can become more eco-friendly.

Students started off by holding a waste audit, which meant bringing together all the rubbish accumulated on site in one single day.

After being weighed, some of the waste was sorted so pupils could decide how much of it could have been recycled.

The youngsters were surprised to discover that at least 80% of the litter was suitable for recycling.

It was then time to decide what should be done to reduce the amount of refuse created at the school, and how awareness about the issue could be raised.

Pupils came up with lots of interesting ideas, which included putting recycling bins in every classroom and holding a fashion show with re-used clothes.

On hand to help were environmental experts from Global Action Plan.

The students who took part in the event said the waste day had been an eye-opener.

Year 9 pupil, Eimear Adair, said: "It was amazing to find out just how much rubbish we actually produce in a day and how many ways there are to reduce it"

Fellow student Laura Fox, 13, added: "I thought the day was great. Even though the waste audit grossed us out a bit, it was fun and we learnt a lot about waste in the school and local area.

"It's out of control now, and we need to do something about it!


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