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At our school we don't have a written plan for how we handle our garbage / waste. But we all "know" what we are supposed to do.....

Here's the "theory":
In all the class rooms we have several bins for sorting our waste. One for paper, one for plastic, one for bio left overs (mostly food) and one for "all the rest". We used to have a bin for glass and tins as well, but there were so little of this kind of waste, so now we have dropped them.
The pupils (and teachers in the staff rooms) are supposed to sort the garbage into the different bins.
The paper bin, the plastic bin and the bio bin are emptied by the students. This is one of the cores a couple of them have, one week each. They empty the bins in the school's big bins. Here too the garbage is sorted in the same way. The cleaners, who tidy up the class rooms, empty the "rest bin". Alle the big bins, except the paper bin, are emptied once a week by the community. The paper bin is emptied once a month.

We see that our "plan" does not work.
We find "wrong" waste in the "wrong" bins. "Wrong" waste in the class rooms become "wrong" waste in the big bins.
Most of the paper waste are empty milk cartons from the students' lunch. The students are supposed to clean their carton after they have drunk their milk, fold it and put as many as possible together in order to use as little space as possible in the big bin. We are not good at this either. The paper volume has increased, so we now need three big bins to collect one month's paper waste. We used to have two....

We really need a plan for this!
We want to be good at sorting our waste and we also want to reduce the volume of it, especially the paper waste. This is our challenge!

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We have decided to stick to the plans we already have, but we see we have to do some adjustments to make them work as we want to.

1. The teachers have to observe their students throwing the waste into the correct bins in the classroom.
2. Students have to be better to fold the milk cartons. Then they have to collect as many folded cartons as possible into one empty carton before they throw it into the bin.
3. The school's big bins have to be marked / coloured in the same way as the bins in the classrooms.That will make it easier for the pupils to know where to throw the waste.
4. To motivate the students we will have a competition between the classes twice a year to see which class is the best at sorting the vaste.
5. Each time the big paper bins are emptied, we have to pay a fee. If we reduce the amount of paper, we will save money. This money can be spent on something that will benefit
all the students. This will also be a "carrot" helping us to be better at sorting and folding.
6. We also want to find out how many trees we have "saved" by reducing our paper vaste. We hope to come to some agreement with one of the local farmers and plant as many new trees as we have "saved".

Education of the "Environment team"
As a part of our school's plan, the students in the fourth grade shall act as an "Environment team". They shall see to that all the classes sort out their trash in the right way. To make them capable of doing this, they had a course learning them how to sort in the right way.

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