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Environmental Club

This year, as part of learning about the Sustainable Development Goals as part of our Curriculum, some Year 6 pupils have formed an environmental team. We are going to be working on various projects.

 

 

Current Projects

Big Battery Hunt

 

Did you know …  households in the UK throw away 600 million batteries in a year?

Did you know … it takes a battery 100 years to decompose?

 

The Big Battery Hunt is a nationwide battery recycling programme for schools funded by Duracell.  Its aim is to increase the number of batteries currently being recycled in the UK.

 

Pupils are challenged to collect as many batteries as they can, encouraging their communities to do the same, with the chance to win great prizes.

 

Dudley Wood Primary has registered with the Big Battery Hunt and the Environment Team spoke to our pupils about the need for us to recycle our batteries.  They have organised the collection and counting of the batteries before they are taken by Mrs Stevens, to be recycled.

 

We hope that by educating the pupils about the importance of recycling batteries, it will be something they and their families will continue to do when the competition ends on June 10th 2022.

 

For more details about the Big Battery Hunt, see https://www.bigbatteryhunt.co.uk/

 

Why do we need to recycle batteries?

 

Every person in Britain uses about 10 batteries a year, meaning that in the UK, we throw away around 600 million batteries a year!

Most batteries are put into rubbish bins and then taken to landfill sites. When batteries begin to rot away in landfill sites, these chemicals may leak into the ground, which can cause soil and water pollution. When chemicals contaminate soil and water, animals, humans and the environment can be harmed.

 

Recycling is a great way to help protect the environment. Each battery placed in a recycling bin will be taken apart and the materials will be used to make something new.

 

Thousands of tonnes of CO2 emissions could be avoided if the UK meets its recycling targets. In the UK, around 40,000 tonnes of portable batteries were sold in 2020, with only around 18,000 tonnes being recycled.

 

     

Litter Picking

At the start of February, 18 members of the Y6 Environment Team formed a Litter Picking Team.  They organised themselves into pairs and created a rota to collect litter from around school.

 

Ultimately, the team hope that they won’t be needed as everyone should look after our school and put litter in a bin.

 

 

Did you know …?

  • Cleaning up litter from the streets of Britain costs taxpayers around £500 million. That does not include the amount it costs to clean up parks and other public spaces.
  • Almost 48% of people admit to dropping litter.
  • The amount of litter dropped each year in the UK has increased by a massive 500% since the 1960s.
  • 7 out of every 10 items of discarded litter is food packaging or wrappers.
  • Around 122 tons of cigarette butts and cigarette-related litter is dropped every day across the UK.
  • 1.3m pieces of rubbish are dropped on UK roads every weekend. 1/3 of motorists admit to littering while they are driving.
  • The rat population has increased to 60 million due to the increasing amounts of litter.

 

Biodegradability

All types of litter take time to degrade, so the ideal thing is not to drop it in the first place. Here is the average time it takes for some commonly discarded litter to decompose.

  • Orange peel and banana skins - up to 2 years
  • Cigarette butts - up to 2 years
  • Plastic bags -10-20 years
  • Tin cans - 50 years
  • Aluminium cans - 80-100 years
  • Plastic bottles – they can last forever
  • Glass – does not degrade

 

          

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