Great News for Green Schools!

We got great news in school last week. A letter came from An Taisce to inform us that our application for the international Green Flag award had been successful!! The letter stated An Taisce were “highly impressed by our programme and had no hesitation granting our school Green Flag status”. Mr. Cronin was so proud, he gave the whole school a night off homework to celebrate.

We will be presented with our flag at a special award ceremony in May.

Well done to everyone, especially the boys and girls on the committee who give up their lunch breaks for our monthly meetings.

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Waste Audit

A second waste audit was completed by the Green Schools Committee in November. In contrast to our first audit completed in January, there has been huge improvement as you can see from the graphs below. The main type of waste identified in the audit is now ‘other’ which mainly consists of hand-towels. To tackle this form of waste, the hand-towels and soap dispensers have been replaced by Eco-friendly systems where hand towels can now be recycled.

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Well done everyone for their great effort!

Green Schools Committee Visit Holmestown

The Green Schools Committee continue to lead the school as we work hard for our first Green Flag. We meet once a month at lunch time.

As part of our work, we visited Holmestown Household Recycling Centre in Wexford. We learned many interesting things and met some birds of prey. These birds are used to keep unwanted pests such as rats and pigeons away from the site.

Some things we learned:

Recycling just one plastic bottle can save the same amount of energy needed to power a 60 watt light bulb for 6 hours!

It takes about 25 recycled soft drink bottles to make one fleece jacket.

Wexford is one of the best counties at sorting recycling properly and avoiding contamination.

Why Recycle?
We all have to do our bit for the environment with the growing effect of Global Warming and the scarcity of landfills.

  • Recycling helps save resources
  • Recycling helps save energy
  • Recycling helps save landfill space
  • Recycling helps create jobs and save money
  • Recycling saves clean air and water

Thanks to Cliona Connolly, Environmental Officer at Wexford County Council and Wexford County Council for organising and sponsoring this trip.

More information about recycling can be found at the EPA website here

A list of items recycled in Holmestown can be found here and in Gorey Business Park here