Bid to make Suffolk's schools greener

EDUCATION chiefs are today bidding to trigger a green revolution in Suffolk's schools by encouraging parents and children to change their ways.As the new school term approaches, Suffolk County Council has come up with ten pieces of advice to help people reduce, reuse and recycle.

EDUCATION chiefs are today bidding to trigger a green revolution in Suffolk's schools by encouraging parents and children to change their ways.

As the new school term approaches, Suffolk County Council has come up with ten pieces of advice to help people reduce, reuse and recycle.

Councillor Eddy Alcock, who is responsible for environment and waste management at the council, said: “We all need to think about how we can reduce, reuse and recycle more of our waste as landfill space is running out and we will face huge penalties if we continue to carry on the way we are.

“Reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill is a huge issue for the county council.

“Landfill is no longer an option and we are looking at other options. We are considering energy from waste, which will allow us to recover energy in the process.”

This latest green push by the council comes on the back of Ipswich Borough Council last week announcing it will consider a “pay as you throw” scheme to charge residents less council tax but make them pay for how much rubbish they throw out.

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A survey published by the Local Government Association (LGA) suggests almost two-thirds of people would support the system of collecting waste.

As part of the new county council initiative to improve recycling schools are being encouraged to work towards becoming a “sustainable school” by teaming up with the county council's waste education team.

The waste education team can be contacted on 01473 264280 or can be e-mailed at school.waste@et.suffolkcc.gov.uk.

Alternatively visit www.suffolkrecycling.org.uk for more information.

Do you think issues such as climate change are taken seriously enough in Suffolk? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

1. Encourage your school to hold a uniform sale - as children grow so quickly, good quality uniforms could be passed on to other pupils, saving money and encouraging re-use.

2. Re-use plastic containers (such as ice-cream tubs) for lunchboxes.

3. Re-use empty plastic drink bottles and wash and fill with fresh water or juice every day to take to school.

4. Buy crisps in large packets and empty a small quantity into a plastic container to take to school each day.

5. Buy snacks with less packaging or better still buy loose fruit.

6. Hold “swap shops” with school friends allowing you to swap things you no longer want or need.

7. At lunchtime put fruit and vegetable waste in the compost bin - this reduces waste going to landfill.

8. Use paper responsibly - use both sides of the paper and when you have finished put used paper in a recycling bin.

9. Encourage your school to use less paper and laminate less as laminated paper can't be re-used or recycled.

10. Encourage your school to grow fruit and vegetables in a school garden. The school's home-made compost can be used and the produce can be sold to raise funds.

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