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Environmental Impact

Wilberforce Primary takes very seriously its responsibility to protect the environment.  We have a very clear environmental impact policy and everyone across our community seeks to leave the natural environment in a better state than we found it.  Working with Clear Public Space, here are some of the many actions we take to minimise our impact on the environment:

 

1.  PAPER 

Did you know?

Living trees consume carbon dioxide and emit oxygen;  one tonne of paper being recycled in the UK, saves 7 trees and 7,000 litres of water.


What do we do? 

To improve our circularity (fuelling the circular economy) we commit to reducing paper use where we can and use and re-use paper as much as possible, before recycling it. Last year, Clear Public Space recorded our school saving 1,400 litres of water and 840kwh of energy.  We use recycled paper in our printers and photocopiers and where possible keep paper use to a minimum.  The majority of meetings are paperless and we store documents on the cloud.  there are recycling bins in every classroom and office.

 

2.  ENERGY

Did you know? 

For the first time since the industrial revolution, Britain is obtaining more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels. It is now more economical to improve the environmental impact of the source of energy used. 

 

What do we do?

We aim to reduce our actual energy use even further, and reduce its unnecessary pollution too – in this case carbon emissions. Our Eco-Council designs notices for energy reduction, for example, Turn the light off and these are displayed throughout the school.

 

3.  FOOD

Did you know? 

Food waste is bad for the environment and for the climate.  About a third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted. Unlike most other waste streams, it is something that we can act upon relatively quickly. We can improve the situation in two ways: by reducing volumes of the food waste generated and then disposing of waste in an environmentally friendly way.

 

What do we do? 

To improve our circularity, we commit to reducing food waste and use it for other purposes e.g. energy-from-waste, fertiliser and composting initiatives.  When it comes to school dinners we encourage children to take what they want but to eat what they take thus reducing food waste.

 

4.  WEEE 

Did you know? 

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment to landfill is economically unnecessary – and E-waste contains more than a thousand different substances, some of which can be hazardous. 


What do we do? 

We now collect batteries in our School Office to avoid other people putting them in the bin.

 

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