Millions of electronic goods:
and other electronic devices
from old fridges to electric toothbrushes
are being dumped illegally in developing countries.
Why does this happen?
In the 1990s, governments in the 1st world set up ways of ‘recycling electronic waste ‘ Many countries did not cope well with the large amount of e-waste they generated or with the hazards that were caused.
1st world countries began exporting the problem to developing countries where laws to protect workers and the environment are not as strong as in the 1st world.
These electronic goods made up of hundreds of different materials and containing toxic or poisonous substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and flame retardants.
Once in landfill, these toxic materials seep out into the environment, contaminating land, water and the air.
Devices are often dismantled and taken apart in primitive conditions. Those who work at these sites suffer frequent ill health.
Although it is legal to export discarded goods to poor countries if they can be reused or recycled, much is being sent to Africa or Asia under false pretences. Much is falsely classified as ‘second hand’ or ‘used’ good but really these are broken and beyond repair.
What do you think about this?
How can this be improved?
How can YOU help?
Following on from the Green School’s Committee meeting on Tuesday:
- The committee would like to find out how many different nationalities are in our school and represent this information on a bar chart to be displayed on our notice board. A green school’s rep will go around the classes today with a sheet for all the class teachers to fill in.
- There is an A3 poster competition for all green schools. Children depict what they would like Ireland to look like in the year 2040. This could be a good activity to do on Friday afternoon. Having a discussion about what a more ‘green’ Ireland might look like would be helpful before they start the poster. Closing date is 27th March. Prizes include a tablet and €500 euro for the winning school. Send finished posters to Room 8 to be posted
- If everyone could have a bin and lunch monitor in their class to make sure the correct waste is being put into the correct bin. Please count how many children are bringing containers in their lunches instead of tin foil/ cling film. This doesn’t mean singling out children who have tin foil but instead praising those who have containers.
That’s all for now. Thank you all in advance
For as long as we can remember, every year at this time, students make Christmas decorations for the Wicklow County Council competition. It is an annual event, that is much anticipated and greatly enjoyed. The decorations are made from recycled materials. All entries are on display in the hall, except for one which has gone on to Wicklow County Council. These Christmas decorations made from recycled materials are all so different and show great creativity and ingenuity. The children had great fun making them. Well done to all involved and many thanks to Ms.McNally who co-ordinated the competition.
We are working towards our sixth green flag:
Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste
The aim of Green Schools is to increase students’ and participant awareness of environmental issues through classroom studies and to transfer this knowledge into positive environmental action in the school and also in the wider community.
Schools that have successfully completed all the elements of the programme are awarded the ‘Green Flag’. The award has to be renewed every two years. We have five Green flags so far and led by Ms. Saoirse Ryan and the Green Schools Committee, we are working towards our sixth.
Litter & Waste Management (2005)
Energy Awareness & Conservation (2007)
Water – Its Uses & Conservation (2009)
Sustainable Transport (2011)
Here is a simple recycling game from BBC Schools. It is suitable for younger students.
Even though we are working on our Biodiversity Flag,
that doesn’t mean that we forget about the other themes.
The first flag we got was about Litter and Waste.
We learned a lot about recycling at that time
Here are two videos on Vimeo
about recycling that I think you will enjoy.
Both videos are about recycling cardboard boxes.
Both feature boys of eight or nine years of age.
The first one, is fictional
and the second one really happened.
Which is your favourite?
How many ways does the hero in this video
use the box?
The 2nd video is about this boy.
Did you ever make anything out of a cardboard box?
If you want to know what happened next, take a look at
Caine’s Arcade 2
At an event organised by ECO-UNESCO
showcasing top projects about improving the environment,
Miss O’Malley’s 4th class Room 11 has won
The People’s Choice Award.
After being selected from almost 4,000 young people
at the regional finals in March,
70 groups presented their projects
in the Mansion House in Dublin
at a special ceremony attended by
the President, Michael D. Higgins.
Here is a link to 4th Class Room 11’s prizewinning project.
Congratulations and Well Done!