Children at a Bath infants’ school have been tucking into a seasonal bowl of pumpkin soup, thanks to the hard work they’ve been putting into their recycling.
St Saviours Infant School, in Spring Lane, which has achieved an Eco-Schools Green Flag award for the last three years, composts much of its fruit waste such as peelings and cores as part of a wider environmentally-friendly recycling programme.
Once it’s been made into compost, it is dug into their kitchen garden where, among other things, the school has been growing pumpkins.
Ed Harker, head teacher at St Saviours Nursery and Infant School, said: “We’re proud to be a Green Flag Eco School, and proud too of the real contributions the children have made as
Recycling Champions and Power Savers.
“They’ve had direct experience of the power of recycling through projects like the Kitchen Garden pumpkins and love to share this learning with their families.”
“Composting is very important because we need stuff to grow,” said Nasko, 5, one of the school’s Recycling Champions. ‘We’re trying to grow more things like pumpkins.”
As one of the school’s Recycling Champions, he helps make sure that children put the right materials in the right container and carry the fruit waste out to the food bin. As well as composting their food, the Council collects their food waste for recycling.
‘St Saviours Infant School is one of 50 schools in Bath and North East Somerset that recycle their food waste,’ said Cllr. Bob Goodman, (Conservative, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Development & Neighbourhoods. By making food recycling part of school life, it becomes second nature to the children. The more we can encourage people to recycle their food, the more waste we can keep out of the rubbish bin.”
Recycling food waste is just one of the ways that residents can prepare for the new rubbish collections that start from November 6.
While rubbish will now be collected every other week, food waste will continue to be collected weekly. Food waste can be put in day plastic carrier bags which can go in the food bins for collection. It will be recycled into electricity, biodiesel and compost.