Hundreds of youngsters in Doncaster have signed up to take part in ‘Waste Week’ - a national campaign to raise awareness of reducing landfill.
Run by EDF Energy’s schools programme, The Pod, youngsters will join more than 1,900 schools across the country who will be encouraged to carry out a variety of awareness-raising activities during a week of their choice in March.
Created for students aged four to fourteen, this year’s Waste Week focuses on the impact of plastic waste.
Schools can download a range of free resources from www.jointhepod.org to help students learn about the science behind plastic, along with problems caused by plastic waste and the types of plastic that can be recycled. These include lesson plans, videos, posters, certificates and games, and the recently launched ‘Bottle Stoppers Time Machine’, which shows students how the plastic bottles they send to landfill add up and the difference they can make by persuading their families to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Students will be encouraged to hold waste-themed assemblies and campaigns during their week of choice, as well as survey the amount of waste their school and families send to landfill and use recycled materials for activities such as art work and gardening. They can also blog, make pledges and post photos about their Waste Week experiences on www.jointhepod.org to share with other schools for inspiration.
Robyn Thorn, EDF Energy’s Education Programme Manager said “It’s great to see so many schools in Doncaster signing up to get involved in this year’s Waste Week. We hope this campaign will spark year-round behaviour change and encourage more people than ever to reduce, reuse and recycle.”
To sign up to Waste Week and for more information on EDF Energy’s The Pod, visit www.jointhepod.org/wasteweek.