Litter & Waste is the first theme of the Green-Schools programme. The theme is a great starting point for encouraging a sense of personal pride and responsibility in tackling two visible issues in schools and communities.

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During the 2019-2020 year, Green-Schools students on the Litter and Waste theme diverted 9,500 tonnes of waste from landfill. That’s the same weight as 80 blue whales, or 4,500 giraffes!

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Nearly all staff have come on board fully, there has been an unbelievably positive response from the school community. We have had a huge amount of positive responses and it has definitely changed the atmosphere regarding litter and waste in the school.  Management have been extremely supportive.  Our link with Lismore Tidy Towns has worked very well and they have been in our school regularly and we have met them in the community also.  We have completed the Neat streets programme and have participated in the YRE competition for 2 years running. We have also completed a big clean up in conjunction with An Taisce. Ella Ryan from Waterford County Council has been invaluable in here advice and support.  Timetabling for Green-School’s module worked brilliantly and ensured work was consistent and the feedback from students in this module has been very positive.  A large number of teaching staff were allocated to this committee and their drive and enthusiasm has served us well. The grants from An Taisce really helped bring projects to light. 

 Overall Green-Schools has brought a change in mindset to all of our school.

Green-Schools Coordinator, Blackwater Community School, Lismore

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Claire McDonald
Claire McDonaldGreen-Schools Officer