Schools are a key component in educating people about waste management. Based on a survey of almost 1,000 Irish primary schools, it appears that in 98.5% of them environmental awareness exists and that 87% of schools provide activities for their pupils, such as aluminum can recycling, composting and litter awareness.
For example, Kildare County Council introduced battery collection facilities in 125 primary and secondary schools. The successful project helps to prevent environmental damage and to educate young people about the need for careful waste disposal.
A lot of schools in Ireland have signed up for the ‘Green-Schools’ programme. Schools are rewarded with a green flag to erect outside if they excel in the seven step process. The scheme sets Irish schools up to educate and implement good waste management strategies. More information can be found on the Green Schools Ireland website.
Irish universities also take part in green initiatives such as the Green Campus, which encourages universities to be green in as many ways as possible. See their website for more.
Now look at some modern examples of how schools are excelling at becoming environmentally friendly.
Irish school with green flag
This Irish school passed all the requirements to become a 'Green School.'Copyright managed by the Library Council
Irish school with green flag - Copyright managed by the Library Council
Irish school with trees
Trees are an important habitat and this school is showing the way to educate their pupils by having large trees - with bird feeders - on their grounds.Copyright managed by the Library Council.
Irish school with trees - Copyright managed by the Library Council.
Irish School Tree Sapling
Planting and growing trees is an important lesson to be taught in schools and results in the school becoming green.Copyright managed by the Library Council
Irish School Tree Sapling - Copyright managed by the Library Council
A school enclosed play area
Did you see that the school playground was litter free?Copyright managed by the Library Council
A school enclosed play area - Copyright managed by the Library Council
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