Last Monday we spent the session talking about the waste created at the college and planning for a waste audit. Waste audits provide an opportunity to find out how much and what type of waste is produced by our school.
This information can then give us an idea of where to begin our waste minimisation efforts, for example what type of recycling to implement or what type of waste to reduce.
Today the cadets sorted the waste from the bins in the quads into different categories and counted each piece of rubbish, then weighed all of the waste in each category. With a focus on the largest categories, the cadets will now explore ways reduce waste in these areas at the college. This will include developing ways to inform the rest of the college community of our findings.
I have just entered the data from today into a spreadsheet and generated this graph to give you an idea what the students discovered.
The main goals are to become more aware of the waste we produce and to develop ways to reduce the amount of waste we would normally throw away. Conducting a waste audit is the first step to reducing waste in our school and playing our part in making our planet a healthier place to live.
A massive thank you to all of the cadets for their hard work today!